Jan
3

Addressing European Supremacy in PA Council on the Arts Funding-2017 Year in Review

With 2017 complete, an update on my effort as a member of The PA Council on the Arts to have its general support funding formula changed to include a value for ALANAME (African, Latinx, Asian, Native American and Middle Eastern) organizations.  I have been working on this in order to give some kind of balance to the current formula, which gives a lot of weight to prior grant & budget size. This weight, as I’ve pointed out before, results in more money going to European descended, larger budget organizations. However, what I’ve also been thinking about recently is that this means

Nov
10

Talking Race as European arts injustices with the PA Education Policy & Leadership Center

Good people, last week I was given the honor to go to Harrisburg and present the keynote at the PA Education Policy and Leadership Center‘s 7th annual arts education symposium. My first keynote- heyyyyyy (update-that might not be true, but still, heyyyyyy). The topic I was given, arts education and social justice, was nice and roomy, but it also left me struggling with what I wanted to say. At first, I actually wasn’t even sure I had much to say to a primarily European descended group that worked primarily with children of European descent in suburban public schools. My work

Jul
17

What’s Next For Our Work on Racial Equity in Arts Funding?

An update on the PA Arts Council (PCA) budget for 2017-18 as it pertains to equitable payments to African, Latino, Asian, Arab and Native Arts (ALAANA) arts organizations. You will remember from my earlier post that 96 of the 100 largest arts budgets that are in the state system are predominantly white led when considering the majority of their board, staff, and how they define their art form. Unfortunately, for the time being, we have to rely on my categorization of these organizations because neither the State, nor data collection organizations like Data Arts include race in the variety of methods