Decolonizing the arts—fresh perspective from a unique conference


Courtesy of Emerging Arts Professionals - SFBA
Courtesy of Emerging Arts Professionals – SFBA
We are thrilled to feature Museum employee Candace Kita’s report on her experience at a unique arts leadership conference with a focus on discussing racial inequities and changing dynamics at cultural organizations. The Museum encourages employees across many departments to be involved in discussions, conferences, and training such as this, as we strive to be a responsive, engaging, and relevant institution for our community.

Read an excerpt below and the full post on Candace’s blog, Candita Speaks.

Decolonizing the Arts Conference: A Report from Emergence 2016

Typically, most arts conferences that I attend do not include water-pouring ceremonies, pop-up coloring sessions, or group meditations. Yet not all conferences are created equal, and I recently participated in one that included all of those activities–and then some.

A few weeks ago, I flew from Portland to San Francisco to attend Emergence 2016, the annual convening of Emerging Arts Professionals San Francisco/Bay Area. Like many conferences, Emergence seeks to connect arts and culture workers to one another to share ideas and best practices for our field. Unlike many conferences, however, Emergence is grassroots, experimental, organized predominantly by people of color, and eager to tackle topics like revolution and justice, which were at the center of this year’s theme, “Crafting Equity, Shaping Power.”

Read the full post.