NEW WORKSHOPS | Strengthening Your Equitable Capacity

ACA Staff
May 24, 2021

The Alliance of Artists Communities offers connection, community, and exchange for people working in the residency field and larger arts sector. In lieu of our annual fall conference, we are excited to offer Strengthening Your Equitable Capacity — a new virtual workshop series designed for the leadership, board, and staff of artist residency programs. 
These targeted sessions were created in response to common challenges and are aimed at helping you make your residency program more equitable and accessible. You will leave with effective strategies and actionable next steps to accomplish your goals. 
All are welcome! Registration will open on June 4!   

Upcoming workshops:

  • Thoughtful Invitations to Rural Communities
    Wednesday, June 23, 12 pm - 3 pm ET
    What needs to be in place to thoughtfully receive and host the artists you invite into your community? How do you respond when things go awry? In this workshop we’ll consider proactive engagement frameworks in a rural community context to address issues around race and identity, culture, ethnicity, and violence. You’ll leave with the tools needed to develop your own artist-centered approach to community engagement, orientation, and collaborative problem-solving.
  • Engaging + Selecting Artists
    Wednesday, August 11, 12 pm - 3 pm ET
    How can your outreach process improve the mix of artists who apply? How can residency programs evaluate their selection processes and set up juries for success? In this workshop you will learn how to assess your current outreach and selection methods, identify the barriers to achieving your equity goals, and implement strategies to ensure a more equitable process.
  • Beyond Ramps: Accessibility for Artist Residencies
    Wednesday, September 8, 12 pm - 3 pm ET

    How can you assess your program and facilities to address barriers to accessibility? In this workshop you will learn directly from artists and administrators who have navigated these challenges and created clear approaches. You’ll leave with a plan for how to build effective partnerships, find funding, and achieve your longer term accessibility goals - as well as clear steps you can take today.


Tuition for each three-hour session is $175 members; $250 non-members. Flexible rates available to organizations that are Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) led or founded and disability-led or founded. Space is limited. See full descriptions here.
All workshops will be captioned using AI software. AAC is committed to providing full access to all. Please send accessibility inquiries and requests to Angela Tang at one week in advance of the session.  

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