Report: “Making Sense of Cultural Equity”

Posted on: September 15, 2016

The arts blog Createquity has published “Making Sense of Cultural Equity,” an in-depth discussion co-authored by Clara Inés Schuhmacher, Katie Ingersoll, Fari Nzinga, and Ian David Moss that addresses “core issues in today’s debate around cultural equity [that] harken back to the beginning of arts in America…. The past few years have been deeply trying for race relations in the United States…. Examining real-life debates in the context of these fault lines can be instructive…. Many cultural-equity-themed battles in recent years have involved redistribution—trying to chip away at funding streams that disproportionately favor mainstream institutions. Often in response, mainstream institutions will seek to highlight their diversity bona fides. In a 2011 forum hosted by Grantmakers in the Arts inviting responses to Holly Sidford’s ‘Fusing Arts, Culture, and Social Change,’ the president and CEO of the League of American Orchestras, Jesse Rosen, pointed out that the majority of concerts presented by his organization’s membership ‘are specifically dedicated to education or community engagement,’ highlighting efforts such as ‘the South Dakota Symphony’s recent tour of their state to perform on three Lakota reservations with a newly commissioned orchestral work by a Lakota composer.” To read the complete “Making Sense of Cultural Equity,” click here.

Posted September 15, 2016