Racial Equity Institute Training
The GroundWater and Phase I workshops are presented by the Racial Equity Institute (REI). Both these workshops are an intensive introduction to historical, institutional and systemic racism; challenge deeply-held assumptions; and reveal with sobering clarity the devastating impacts of persistent racial inequity on our nation’s most marginalized populations. Currently, all of our board and staff members have participated in REI training.
In early 2018, Cuyahoga Arts & Culture announced that it would cover the cost of half-day GroundWater presentations by the Racial Equity Institute, in partnership with Cleveland Neighborhood Progress. Offering these trainings – and ensuring that all our board and staff participate – is an important action that affirms and begins to demonstrate our organizational commitment to equity. We extended this offer for up to five staff and/or board members from organizations who are currently receiving a CAC grants. To date, 149 people representing at least 51 grantee organizations have participated in or registered for this learning opportunity.
Cultural partners that have participated in REI training through our offer include:
Art Therapy Studio
Artists Archives of the Western Reserve
Beck Center for the Arts
Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland
Center for Arts-Inspired Learning
Cleveland Chamber Music Society
Cleveland Classical Guitar Society
Cleveland Institute of Music
Cleveland International Film Festival
Cleveland Leadership Center
Cleveland Play House
Cleveland Public Theatre
Cleveland Restoration Society
Contemporary Youth Orchestra
Doan Brook Watershed Partnership
Duffy Liturgical Dance Ensemble
Environmental Health Watch
Great Lakes Science Center
Greater Cleveland Sports Commission
Inlet Dance Theatre
Julia De Burgos Cultural Arts Center
LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland
Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage
Newbridge Cleveland Center for Arts and Technology
Open Doors Academy
Shaker Historical Society
Strengthening Our Students
The Children’s Museum of Cleveland
The City Club of Cleveland
The Cleveland Museum of Natural History
The Cleveland Orchestra
The Music Settlement
The Musical Theater Project
The Singing Angels
Western Reserve Historical Society
Thank you to all of our cultural partners who have participated in REI training. Together, we will move one step closer to creating a more equitable arts & cultural community and society.
Due to the popularity of the training sessions and our desire to ensure that as many of our cultural partners as possible share this important grounding in racial equity, we will continue to offer free admission to the half-day GroundWater training. CAC will also offer free admission to the 2-day Phase I and the full-day Latinx Challenge for the remainder of 2018. Cultural partners: if you are interested in participating in this offer, please contact your program manager.
What Our Partners Are Saying
“Our training session occurred in the last 30 days, and while we have not yet implemented concrete changes, we are actively discussing new ways of thinking about how we approach inclusion, equity and diversity. The training offered evidence and data that was new to us, and forces us to examine our own assumptions and view our programming plans through a different lens.”
– Contemporary Youth Orchestra
“As historic preservationists, it is our responsibility to tell the full story about place. While we were consciously doing this, the training expanded the story we tell to go beyond the individuals to the systems that are in place when we discuss racial inequity. It also reinforced our commitment to bringing stories to light that may have otherwise been overlooked”.
– Cleveland Restoration Society
“Making a more racial equitable arts community is something I think a lot about and something I don’t have a lot of answers for. Racial inequity permeates all levels of our society and many of the solutions people have tried to implement in the past, haven't changed things. Many social programs address an immediate need but also seem to perpetuate a status quo, while what we really need is for people-of-color to have "a piece of the pie." I appreciated the presenters at REI ended the morning by saying they didn't have the answers, either”.
– Waterloo Arts
“Increasing audience diversity and welcoming those audiences into the theatre has become a national topic. And although Dobama strives to be a place where everyone is welcome, there are many facets to this: what are the demographics of our community? How does that manifest on our stages or in staff positions? Are patrons treated differently due to unexamined biases? We are reminded, through groups like REI, that examining our own "house" is as important as looking outwards for social justice”.