ACA PRESENTS | The Aftermath: Supporting Black Arts Workers after the 2020 Racial Reckoning

Join ACA's President + CEO, Lisa Funderburke for a Field Conversation on March 15, 2023
ACA Staff
January 27, 2023

ACA’s President and CEO, Lisa Funderburke hosts a conversation with four arts leaders, who are committed to supporting Black arts workers in the artist residency field and beyond:

  • Dr. Samantha E. Erskine, Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts Boston
  • ​​Quanice Floyd, Executive Director, National Guild for Community Arts Education
  • Jeffreen M. Hayes, Ph.D., Executive Director, Threewalls
  • Paul Rucker, Independent Artist

The year 2020 was marked by platitudes and statements from organizations promising change for racial equity. Was there in fact a reckoning in the arts? Were these well-publicized pledges backed up with clear and consistent action? Are Black arts workers and artists receiving more support outside of your organization and within your professional communities? What has been the cost of tokenist gestures and who has paid the price?

Through an open conversation, panelists Dr. Samantha E. Erskine, Quanice Floyd, Jeffreen M. Hayes, Ph.D., and Paul Rucker with ACA's Lisa Funderburke, will discuss these questions and more, holding accountable the arts sector as we work towards transformative action.


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