Equity Diversity & Inclusion Workshops for Arts Leaders

Arts, culture and creativity have the power to transform the region and to help advance a more competitive, economically stronger, more educated, and compassionate Greater Louisville.  The Imagine Greater Louisville 2020 plan provides a shared vision for the role arts, culture and creativity can play in this stronger future.  A critical priority of Imagine 2020 focuses on equity, diversity & inclusion and on promoting cultural equity among arts & culture organizations, artists and funders. 

Imagine 2020 and the Fund for the Arts are pleased to offer a six-week series of workshops to Greater Louisville arts and culture leaders that is designed to strengthen understanding around the foundations of diversity, equity and inclusion and to provide organizations and individuals with the necessary tools to adopt and implement organizational change. 

During this series of workshops participants will:

  • Discuss how to build a culture of diversity and inclusion;
  • Increase awareness about current issues and the use of appropriate language;
  • Engage in a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion strategic planning workshop;
  • Learn to develop a plan for the recruitment and retention of underrepresented populations in hiring;
  • Discuss how to effectively engage boards around Diversity, Equity & Inclusion issues; and,
  • Learn from best Diversity, Equity & Inclusion practices already in place at Louisville organizations.   

Workshops will be facilitated by Dr. Matisa Wilbon.  Dr. Wilbon’s areas of interest and scholarship include adolescent risk behavior, family systems, structural inequality, race/ethnicity and the impact of current culture on the church.  She has a unique way of communicating her scholarship practically to transform families and communities.   Dr. Wilbon earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology/Sociology from Centre College in Danville, KY where she would later be chosen as the Distinguished Young Alumnus.  She received a Master’s degree in 2001 and a Ph.D. in Sociology from The Ohio State University in 2005.  As an educator, Dr. Wilbon is a tenured Associate Professor of Sociology.  She has been teaching for 11 years.  Classes taught include crime and the media, juvenile delinquency, race and ethnicity and structural inequality.   

Each 90 minute Workshop will begin at 3:30 p.m. on the following dates in 2018 (locations TBD):  Wednesday, April 25, May 23, June 20, July 18, August 22 and September 19.

 This Workshop series is made possible by funding from the Jennifer Lawrence Arts Fund at the Fund for the Arts.  There is no cost to participate. 

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