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artEquity Newsletter
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What's Happening
artEquity is thrilled to announce that Penumbra Theatre in St. Paul, MN, celebrating its historic 40th year, will be our site site for the 2016 artEquity facilitator training. 

Located in the rich theatre ecology of the Twin Cities, Penumbra’s vision and values align with artEquity's mandate to support the intersection of art and activism. Penumbra, the nation’s largest African American theatre, as artEquity’s host and program partner, will provide a distinct perspective on the role of theatre for social change.

At a time when equity-based conversations are being led by predominantly white organizations, it becomes even more vital that conversations around inclusion and equity be held in spaces built for, and by, communities of color. Penumbra’s 40–year history and important leadership in this area will bring important context to these timely conversations.
We are looking forward to hosting two intensive weekends at Penumbra on September 8-11 and October 27-30 with another diverse group of 25-30 theatre practitioners from across the nation.
Interested in joining our 2016 cohort? 

Click here for more information and our application form! 

Equity in the News

Hard Questions, Tough Truths at Beyond Orientalism Forum
(American Theatre Magazine)

Me Before You Criticized for its portrayal of Disability
(Huffington Post)

30+ Resources to Help White Americans Learn About Race and Racism
(Everyday Feminism)
Upcoming Events
July 23, 2016

Disability Pride Parade

July 14 - July 21, 2016

Asian Film Festival

Through June 2016

Ramps on the Moon

artEquity Supports Gender Justice in NC
Far from boycotting, artEquity plans to show up at the North Carolina Theatre Conference in force. Facilitators and staff will attend the Conference (occurring July 17-19) in support of North Carolina Theatre artists, and intend to support direct action in Raleigh against HB2, the recently passed Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act, which has been called "the most anti-LGBT legislation in the United States," and eliminates anti-discrimination protections for gay, bisexual, transgender, genderqueer, and intersex people. 

artEquity has decided to work alongside North Carolina artists and activists in their attempts to challenge the law. To read more about artist responses to HB2, click here.

artEquity facilitates NEA conversation on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
On April 26artEquity staff Nijeul Porter and Carmen Morgan facilitated a national conversation hosted by the National Endowment for the Arts for approximately 65 arts service organizations. The goal of the convening was to provide the NEA with feedback regarding their possible role and support to art service organizations around issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion. The NEA convening led to some controversy and debate, ultimately resulting in the resignation of the head of a large arts service organization. The NEA convening not only illustrated the growing need for these conversations, but also for arts leaders who are willing to engage in thoughtful dialogue. Read more about the convening here.
artEquity Alumni Focus

Beyond Orientalism: The Forum
On May 2, the Asian American Arts Alliance, Asian American Performers’ Action Coalition (AAPAC), Theatre Communications Group, and Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts in association with Fordham University Theatre Program and Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center presented Beyond Orientalism: The Forum, and launched a national initiative to advance race equity in the theatre and increase the representation of Asian Americans in the field. Many artEquity alumni and facilitators were involved in the planning and in attendance at the Forum, and artEquity Director Carmen Morgan facilitated a panel of theatre artists that included artEquity alum Nelson Eusebio. Read a recap of the program here.

Breaking the Binary 
In May, 2015 Facilitator Training alumni SK Kerastas and Lisa Evans organized and hosted a symposium focused on building trans*/ gender-non-conforming/ non-binary inclusive theatre in the Bay Area, co-presented with Berkeley Repertory Theatre and California Shakespeare Theater. Check out videos from the event here

Indigenous Direction
artEquity facilitator Ty Defoe and 2015 Facilitator Training alumna Larissa Fasthorse recently received funding from a $10,000 NEA Art Works grant via Miami Theater Center to support their work on Indigenous Direction, a consulting firm for companies and artists who want to create accurate work about, for and with Indigenous peoples.  
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