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EVENT ADVISORY: Addressing Funding Inequities for Arts Organizations of Color

WHAT: Arts management professors, artists and cultural managers gather to discuss challenges to improving equity in arts funding. Audience Q-and-A to follow. 

WHO: Baraka Sele (Moderator), independent consultant, former Assistant Vice President of Programming at New Jersey Performing Arts Center  

Panelists: Michael M. Kaiser, Chairman, DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the University of Maryland

Zannie Voss, Director, National Center for Arts Research, Professor and Chair of Arts Management and Arts Entrepreneurship, Southern Methodist University | Meadows School of the Arts

Malik Robinson, Executive Director, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance

Donna Walker-Kuhne, Vice President, Community Engagement, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, CEO and President of Walker International Communications Group

WHEN:  3 p.m., Friday, Feb. 26, 2016

WHERE: Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW

Background: Several recent studies shed light on issues of equity and funding for arts organizations of color. The DeVos Institute of Arts Management, the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, the National Center for Arts Research, and others have all drawn conclusions and offered recommendations to define the problem and suggest solutions. Panelists will lead a discussion and take questions from the audience on funding for arts organizations of color, and connect these reports to current practice and experience of cultural managers and artists. 

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