Dear Friends, 

The past month has been full of tragedy, grief, frustration, and anger. Wherever you are, and however you're coping, we at artEquity hope that you are finding ways to both heal and take action. For those feeling at a loss after the recent atrocities in Orlando, Louisiana, Minnesota, and Dallas, and looking for resources, colleagues in the performing arts have been compiling crowd-sourced lists, particularly helpful for those seeking to become effective white allies (or accomplices). Check out a few here and here. If there's anything that's been of particular use to you, and you'd like to share it with us and the greater artEquity community, we encourage you to do so. 

In solidarity,
the artEquity team 
What's Happening
This year’s training will take place at the historic Penumbra Theatre Company in the Twin Cities. We are excited to celebrate Penumbra's leadership in the field as it commemorates its 40-year history of producing work for and about the African American experience.

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.

Registration is open online now, and scholarships are available! 

Please reach out to us at with questions, and visit our FAQ page for more information.

Click here for more information
and our application form! 

Equity in the News
Events of Interest
July 16-17, 2016

Rochester Pride Festival

July 25 - Aug. 5, 2016
Girls Rock Leadership Camp

August 6-7, 2016

SJ Tamale Festival

Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Flies the Black Lives Matter Flag
The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, home to artEquity's inaugural training in 2015, and artistic home for several artEquity facilitator training alumni, has been dealt a serious blow in recent weeks after one of its company members was the victim of a racist threat by an Ashland community member. artEquity stands with OSF, its staff, company members, and community in this challenging period. The following statement has been released by OSF leadership: 

“The Festival is flying the Black Lives Matter flag in support of our company member who received a vicious racist threat last week in Ashland, and all of our company members who have experienced racism in Ashland and the Rogue Valley. OSF condemns these incidents, and hate speech in any form. The Festival is actively working within its own company and with the community of Southern Oregon to continue the vital work of creating a safe, welcoming environment, with zero tolerance for acts of racism and prejudice.”


A vigil outside of The Stonewall Inn in New York City.

In the aftermath of the tragic shooting at the gay nightclub Pulse in Orlando on June 12th, members of our community looked for ways to heal and support one another, as well as to show support for the friends and family members of those killed in the attack. Vigils were attended by artEquity facilitators and alumni at The Stonewall Inn in New York (which was even more recently declared a National Monument) and at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland.

artEquity facilitator Ty Defoe collaborated with colleagues at 
The Theatre Offensive in Boston, where he was participating in an artist residency to create space for members of all communities to heal. Theater Offensive had planned a week-long residency with Ty,
 IBEX PuppetryBlack Indian InnWhittier Health Center, and Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe leading community activities and performances.

The series, titled Generations + (read: Generations Positive), featured powerful intergenerational story sharing, art making, and healing events focused on LGBTQ people of color. Ty created the space to guide participants in a creative process involving embodied movement, visual art, puppetry making, poetry, and song. After the shootings on June 12 in Orlando, Ty and team we were able to integrate their responses directly into the work, as participants developed it throughout the week. This culminated at
BASK, a Juneteenth celebration for Queer &Trans People of Color, which featured 14-foot dreamcatcher to be on display all year at the Black Indian Inn's G gallery in Dorchester, Boston.

Responses to the attacks were far ranging, and there's much to read from the past three weeks, but here's just one thing we heard that we wanted to share: NPR's Code Switch podcast episode "How LGBTQ People of Color are Dealing with Orlando." 

The dreamcatcher at BASK.
artEquity Alumni Focus
Theatre Communications Group's 2016 Conference in Washington, DC
artEquity alumni, facilitators, and staff came together in DC during the week of June 20th for Theatre Communications Group's annual Conference. They joined a group of over 1,100 theatre makers from across the US (and the world) to engage in some of the most crucial issues in the field, including equity, diversity, & inclusion. The artEquity family could be seen facilitating throughout the Conference, leading affinity spaces like "Instead of Red Face," "White Folks working Toward Racial Justice," and "CALLING IN AND CALLING ON: Trans/GNC/Non-Binary/Two-Spirit Solidarity in Action," among others. artEquity also hosted a reception on Friday night for alumni, friends, and future alumni. For more on the 2016 Conference, check out American Theatre Magazine's recaps.

NYC Racial Justice Task Force
artEquity 2015 alumni Anna Kull, Nelson Eusebio, Tiffany Vega, Farah Bala, Dafina McMillan, and Kevin Moore, and facilitators Michael Robertson and Ty Defoe, alongside other members of the NYC area theatre community, participated in the first New York City Racial Justice Task Force session in June, with intent to continue growing the group in the months to come. The group plans to rotate leadership (modeling what shared leadership can be), and to focus on learning, practicing, investigating, and activating. If you're interested in participating or learning more, email Michael Robertson.
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