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Executive Director’s Letter - 8/29/23

Are you working to create a more equitable and inclusive workplace? If you are a cultural organization, hosting an Urban Arts Leadership Fellow can help you on your journey. Urban Arts Leadership (UAL), the flagship program of the GBCA’s equity and inclusion efforts, is celebrating 10 years of service and accomplishments. The initiative is a workforce development fellowship awarded to high-achieving, emerging leaders of color, and it champions policies and practices of cultural equity that empower a just, inclusive, and equitable nation.

Working to address systemic barriers to equity, the program also focuses on tools and training for participating host cultural organizations aimed at strengthening their ability to successfully recruit, hire, and retain a more diverse workforce. Interested in learning more? You can contact GBCA’s Equity Manager, Renz Balagtaz at [email protected] for more information and details on how this program can enrich your organization. You can also find downloadable information and application by visiting the following links:

As we move toward fall, it's time to think about supporting your favorite cultural organizations and attending events. Need some ideas? Visit our website for a list of incredible GBCA members! Looking for a place to promote your upcoming season or events? Be sure to post information on GBCA’s region-wide calendar, Culture Fly for maximum visibility. If you need more information about Culture Fly, please contact GBCA’s Director of Development and Membership, Lauren Saunders at [email protected].

For all of you scholars, young and old, best wishes for a wonderful new year of learning and light.

My best,


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