How Is Your Organization Celebrating Black History Month

How Is Your Organization Celebrating Black History Month?

Beginning in 1926, organizations across the country celebrated Negro History Week, first established in 1926 by Carter G. Woodson to “raise awareness of African American’s contributions to civilization.” In 1976, the celebration was expanded to a month and President Ford urged Americans to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.” Organizations across the country participate during February, with many arts organizations highlighting artists of color important to their medium or using art to call to attention the contributions, struggles, and history … Read more

Being Diverse and Inclusive The Other 11 Months Of The Year

Being Diverse and Inclusive The Other 11 Months Of The Year

The new season is upon and I’m sure many community engagement managers out there spent the summer making plans for a variety of initiatives.  Probably high on that list were “diversity initiatives”. If you google “diversity”, the definition is “variety; a range of things.” Nowhere in there does it say “putting people of different skin tones into theater/concert hall/museum seats,” but in so many organizations, both in the arts world and non-arts world, that is what the definition means. And if we’re in fine and performing arts aka high-art organizations (and especially … Read more

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Take Pride in Your Engagement Efforts All Year Round

It’s always interesting to see the various advertising campaigns directed towards the LGBTQ market during the month of June and during pride festivals around the world over the summer. I recently came across a fascinating article from June 22 by Alex Mayyasi in The Atlantic called “How Subarus Came to Be Seen as Cars for Lesbians”, which talked about how the brand began cultivating its gay-friendly image way back in the mid-1990s. And while arts organizations have generally been supportive of the LGBTQ community for longer than their corporate counterparts, it’s still far too easy … Read more

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