From Diversity to Equity in the Arts: A Call to Action in ROC on July 29

Join the American Association of University Women (AAUW): Greater Rochester Area (NY) Branch on July 29, from 3 to 6 pm, for From Diversity to Equity in the Arts: A Call to Action in ROC, which is produced by Rachel DeGuzman of 21st Century Arts in affiliation with PeaceArt International and the radio show, Up Close and Cultural. This candid and timely conversation on issues of race and inclusion in the arts and cultural sector will be held at AAUW, which is located at 494 East Avenue, Rochester. This event is free and open to the general public, but due to limited capacity- registration is required at the following link –

The From Diversity to Equity in the Arts: A Call to Action in ROC conversation is the first event of the AAUW President's Summer Series. It is produced by 21st Century Arts in conjunction with Up Close and Cultural and PeaceArt International.

“I am pleased to bring this conversation to AAUW as the first event in the AAUW President’s Summer Series,” says Gaynelle Wethers – president of the board of directors at AAUW. “Hosting a discussion about intersections in social justice and arts and culture is an excellent opportunity for AAUW to connect with trending issues in the greater Rochester community.”

A less formal sequel to the Diversity in the Arts: A Call to Action in ROC symposium that was held in July 2014 at Rochester Institute of Technology, this 3-hour event will start with a moderated panel conversation featuring Rochester based artists and activists. Then attendees will be invited to join the conversation and ask questions.

“As our community struggles with the direct impacts and unintended consequences of national systems of structural racism in our society - it is vital that the arts and cultural sector is involved,” says Rachel DeGuzman. “The arts and cultural sector has a diversity, inclusion and equity problem, which we need to address with intention and a firm commitment to resolve. But just as importantly, we must employ the immense power of the arts in these volatile times to foster greater understanding and healing across what appear to be growing divides.”

The distinguished panel includes Rajesh Barnabas, who is a writer and photographer as well as a producer and teacher at RCTV-15; Reenah Golden, writer, actress, spoken word artist, activist, poet, educator and co-founder at Kuumba Consultants- an arts-in-education agency; and Thomas Warfield, assistant professor and director of dance at RIT/NTID as well as founder and artistic director at PeaceArt International. The panel and open forum will be moderated by Rachel DeGuzman, president and CEO at 21st Century Arts as well as founder, host and

producer at Up Close and Cultural.

The photo in this post is from the Diversity in the Arts: A Call to Action symposium at Rochester Institute of Technology in July 2014.


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