The Office of Arts & Culture is an active participant in the City of Seattle's Race and Social Justice Initiative (RSJI), an effort of Seattle City government to realize the vision of racial equity. The Initiative works within City government and with community leaders to get to the root cause of racial inequity: institutional racism. RSJI is led by the Seattle Office of Civil Rights and an interdepartmental team of City staff. Seattle's Mayor, City Council, and City Attorney all endorse and promote RSJI.

Provided here are resources and events related to this work. This list is not intended to be comprehensive; if you believe that an important resource is missing, please email us.


UPCOMING EVENTS

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October 28 & 29, 1pm to 5pm
Seattle Office of Arts & Culture presents
White Fragility: Building White Racial Stamina with Robin DiAngelo
Seattle City Hall, 600 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

A workshop focusing on the specific way that racism manifests through White Fragility. White fragility is defined as the inability for white people to tolerate racial stress, preventing them from engaging constructively across race. Using an anti-racist approach, the session will:

  • acknowledge the historic and current power differentials between people based on the racial groups to which they belong;
  • address the patterns of interaction that develop due to the dynamics of racial socialization and;
  • provide the perspectives and skills for white people to create more racially just norms and practices.

Dr. Robin DiAngelo is an Associate Professor of Multicultural Education at Westfield State University in Massachusetts. Her scholarship is in Whiteness Studies. Her research is concerned with the challenges of an increasingly white teaching force and an increasingly diverse student population. She has twice been honored with the Student's Choice Award for Educator of the Year. In addition to her academic work, Dr. DiAngelo has extensive experience as a workplace consultant in issues of race relations and racial justice. She has numerous publications and just released her second book, "What Does it Mean to be White?: Developing White Racial Literacy." Her previous book: "Is Everyone Really Equal: An Introduction to Social Justice Education" (co-written with Özlem Sensoy) received the Critics Choice Award by the American Educational Studies Association.

Due to limited capacity, the priority for these sessions are people working within the arts & cultural sector.

There are two date options for the workshop, which runs from 1pm to 5pm.

Click here to Register

Questions? Contact Kathy.Hsieh@seattle.gov or 206-733-9926

November 12, 2014
Arts & Social Change Symposium present
Arts Connection Workshops

Armory Loft at Seattle Center, 305 Harrison Street, Seattle, WA 98109

This afternoon event is for performers, writers and visual artists. Learn how to create greater visibility for you and your work, and connect with other artists. Gain insight into unique issues faced by artists of color. $15

The Arts & Social Change Symposium, is an inter-agency collaboration between 4Culture, the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Seattle Office for Civil Rights, Seattle Center Cultural Programs, Washington State Arts Commission, City of Bellevue, ArtXchange Gallery, and Novum Lux. For more information visit artsandsocialchange.org

Questions? Contact ascsymposium@gmail.com

November 15, 2014
Arts & Social Change Symposium present
Professional Development Series for Touring Performance Artists

Tukwila Community Center, 12424 42nd Avenue South, Tukwila, WA 98169

Discover the skills needed to promote and sustain your touring art. This event is an all-day professional development series and open to all. $15

The Arts & Social Change Symposium, is an inter-agency collaboration between 4Culture, the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Seattle Office for Civil Rights, Seattle Center Cultural Programs, Washington State Arts Commission, City of Bellevue, ArtXchange Gallery, and Novum Lux. For more information visit artsandsocialchange.org

Questions? Contact ascsymposium@gmail.com

November 18 & 19, 2014
Theatre Puget Sound

In partnership with Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, 4Culture, Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA), Seattle Center and the Seattle Office for Civil Rights present Creating Brave Space: Addressing Issues of Inclusion and Equity in Theatre.

Join Theatre Puget Sound for a transformative community discussion tackling what is arguably one of the most pressing issue of our time; issues of diversity, inclusion and equity. Arts organization across the nation are having to redefine who they are, and who they want to be in relation to their communities. Join us for an engaging conversation led by Carmen Morgan, national consultant to the arts, on best practices, coalition building, and possible next steps for collaboration for building equity in the arts.

Questions? Contact karen@tpsonline.org or Kathy.hsieh@seattle.gov or 206-733-9926
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January 27, 2015
Arts & Social Change Symposium present
Arts and Social Change Showcase

Meydenbauer Center, 11100 NE 6th Street, Bellevue, WA 98004

This afternoon event will showcase a mix of visual and performing artists to presenters who book local talent in our region followed by a reception at the Bellevue City Hall. $15

The Arts & Social Change Symposium, is an inter-agency collaboration between 4Culture, the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Seattle Office for Civil Rights, Seattle Center Cultural Programs, Washington State Arts Commission, City of Bellevue, ArtXchange Gallery, and Novum Lux. For more information visit artsandsocialchange.org

Questions? Contact ascsymposium@gmail.com


OPPORTUNITIES

Surdna Foundation Offers a New
Artists Engaging in Social Change RFP
Due Wednesday, November 12, 2014

They are inviting one or two year proposals for between $25,000 and $150,000 to support extraordinary artist-driven projects in all artistic disciplines where artists are engaging in social change. The process is open to U.S.-based organizations and individual artists, who must apply through a fiscal sponsor. Under consideration will be compelling projects that artists develop in response to their communities' specific challenges.

Information Webinar: October 21, 2014

To learn more: http://www.surdna.org/rfp


RESOURCES

Artistic Freedom

Inclusive Outreach and Engaging Diverse Audiences

Non-Traditional Casting

Understanding Race