OCTOBER 6, 2020


Background artwork: Daniel Lind Ramos, "VICTORIA EN COSTA SERENA" (2010) - Charcoal on canvas


The Spirit, Principles and Power that Built Our Community Cultural Organizations: The Elders Speak

Thriving Beyond the Performative: A Community Plan for Small and Midsize Culturally Grounded Organizations

Unifying to Achieve Racial and Cultural Justice Initiatives

Structuring an Equitable Funding System

When the Law is Not the Law

“Everyone has the right to freely participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits.”

Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Article 27, Section 1)​

The overwhelmingly positive response to our Achieving Cultural Equity Survey has motivated us to embark on another necessary and critical step. A conversation series set in this historical moment that requires our being present in designing and implementing an equity framework ensuring racial and civil rights for us all. 

Our four-part series, CONVERSATIONS ON CULTURE: RACE, ART, MYTH = JUSTICE focuses on critical issues affecting the lives and well-being of our communities and institutions. Marta Moreno Vega and a diverse group of thought and action influencers, designed conversations reflecting the nation’s racial, cultural, and innovative thought diversity.

As the inheritors of the liberatory movements engaged in the continued call for racial, economic, and social justice, now amplified by the MBLM, it is our commitment to continue engaging in the work to achieve racial, cultural, economic, and social justice for historically disenfranchised communities. It is imperative that we unite the racial and cultural spectrum of the nation’s movements that seek racial and social justice at all levels of our society to reach our objectives.   

Independently and collectively we must ask ourselves – how are we defining our work, and more importantly, how is our work evolving at this moment?

These conversations explore the ways in which we continue to secure a future with global and national allies. They explore our past with our elder panel, our present with our panel on the new generation of activists and movements, and unifying our movements and power for action. They also explore new equitable funding frameworks and the legal pathway towards justice for all. 


to affect positive change, eradicate the systemic injustices that continue to oppress and limit the possibilities of the majority of the nation’s Black, Afro Latin, Latinx, Native, Asian, LGBTTQ+/Two Spirit, People with Disabilities, and economically poor White communities is the objective. We are living in a critical moment in our history. The state of our organizations, the health and wellbeing of our communities, and the very fabric of our democracy is at stake. Join the conversation!



Amalia Mesa-Bains

Galeria de la Raza, former board member, affiliated artist

Napoleon Jones Henderson

Artist, Black Arts Movement founding member

Jaune Quick–to–See Smith

Artist, Native American Movement, founding member

Margo Machida

Professor Emerita of Art History and Asian American Studies

Alejandra Duque Cifuentes

Dance NYC from NYC

Amin Husain

Decolonize This Place, from New York

Michelle Ramos

Alternate Roots Director, from New Orleans

David Martine

Chiricahua Apache/Shinnecock-Montauk, Chairperson - AMERINDA

YK Hong

Anti-oppression trainer, speaker, organizer, and artist from New York

Ani Rivera

Executive Director, Galería de la Raza, from San Francisco, California

Kimi Mojica

Consulting Director for Justice Funders, from Oakland, California

Dudley Cocke

Former Director, Roadside Theater/Appalshop in Appalachia

Ashley Walden Davis

Founder and Executive Director Unlock Creative, LLC

Jeff Chang

Vice President, Race Forward; founding member The Cultural New Deal

Kate Fowler

Development Director, Studio Two Three

María de León

Executive Director, NALAC, National Association of Latino Arts and Culture

Marian Taylor Brown, PhD.

Founder & Board Chair, Arts Connect International

Alvin Starks

Director of the Equality Fund, Open Society United States (OS-US)

Billy Ocasio

Executive Director, National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture

Gonzalo Casals

Commissioner of the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs

Leticia Peguero

Vice President of Programs, Nathan Cummings Foundation

Margaret S. Morton

Director of Creativity and Free Expression, Ford Foundation

Susan Taylor Batten

President and CEO, ABFE: A Philanthropic Partnership for Black Communities

Derecka Purnell

Human rights lawyer, writer, and organizer

Juan Cartagena

President & General Counsel of LatinoJustice PRLDEF

Maricruz Rivera-Clemente

Executive Director COPI (Corporación Piñones se Integra); cofounder, Corredor Afro

Monifa Bandele

Senior Vice President,
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Lowery Sims

Curator, Arts Consultant, Curator Emerita at the Museum of Arts and Design

Amy Andrieux

Executive Director MoCADA (Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Art)

Melody Capote

Executive Director, Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI)

Neyda Martínez

Associate Professor, THE NEW SCHOOL; Producer, Decade of Fire

Olga Garay-English

Principal at OMGArtsplus; Founding Program Director for the Arts, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

Esmeralda Simmons, Esq.

Founder and former director, The Center for Law and Social Justice, Medgar Evers College

Isis Rakia Mattei, Esq.

Principal, Mattei Law; Creative Justice Initiative Board Member
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