Somebody has to take responsibility for being a leader.
" - Toni Morrison
While often undervalued and rarely celebrated, Black women have been holding this country down since its formation and continue to lead across industries often with less visibility than their white counterparts, and with little to no accolades. But Black women have been at the center (and behind the scenes) of every movement, artistic and social. So it’s no surprise that their leadership is often sought after, even while their work is diminished and their ideas co-opted. As we navigate the non-profit arts sector in the midst of a crisis – a pandemic which has exacerbated the racial inequities cemented over centuries and the subsequent social unrest brewing for decades – let’s look to the collective wisdom of Black women to teach us a few things about resilience and reinvention.
This forum featured these dynamic and sage Black women arts leaders:
Artist, Curator + Cultural Critic
Program Officer, Heinz Endowments
Curator, Artist + Cultural Producer
Deputy Director, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston
Artist, Activist + Scholar
Executive Director, Harlem Arts Alliance
Culture Strategist, Artist + Facilitator
Program Specialist, National Performance Network
Chief Architect, Emergent Strategies Ideation Institute
Dialogue facilitated by WOCA Founding Director,
Kaisha S. Johnson
Production managed by WOCA member Cristina Ibarra.
Social media support provided by WOCA member Katie Wong.