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UAL Update July 24, 2018

Strengthening arts leadership through equity and inclusion

by: Kibibi Ajanku

The need for equity and inclusion within arts sector leadership is indeed undeniable. The Urban Arts Leadership (UAL) diversifies and strengthens arts organization leadership by connecting emerging arts administrators to resources and professional development with a particular focus on racial equity and inclusion. The program provides information, training, and helps participants develop new and expanded networks. It is open to all participants, but targets college seniors and recent graduates.

By the year 2040, America will be a population where people of color make up the predominant mass of its inhabitants. As we are hearing echoed all across this country, racial inclusion is key to forward motion, and most certainly, racial inclusion is key to growing a stronger arts sector. While this obvious reality is staring us in the face, inequality, just inclusion, and mis-treatment are skyrocketing. The glaring truth is that equity is a moral, as well as, an economic imperative.

Urban Arts Leadership is an example of change in action. UAL is currently accepting applications from potential host organizations. We are looking for cultural organizations to represent the many faces of the arts sector in Baltimore and its surrounding areas. Moreover, UAL is looking for organizations that see the advantages and value of inclusivity and equity.

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