Racial Equity Resources

The Cuyahoga Arts & Culture team has valued the opportunity to learn more about equity, diversity and inclusion.

Here is a list of key resources we hope you find helpful.

  • The Power of Words: This video was created by CAC's grants program team in collaboration with Erica Merritt from Equius Group LLC. The purpose of this video is to show viewers how the type of words they use can directly link to the way they work with communities that are outside of their own. This video will provide you with tips on how to write and think more inclusively, which we hope will result in more inclusive action. Watch the Video
  • Racial Equity Commitment: This video was created by our very own grants program team. The purpose of this video is to provide our General Operating Support grant recipients racial equity terms and language to prepare them for their racial equity commitment. Watch the Video
  • Racial Language: This video was created by our very own grants program team. The purpose of this video is to provide our grant recipients and partners with some definitions for the language we use within our application and reports. These definitions were informed by a variety of sources. Watch the Video
  • Toolbox for Creating Cultures and Practices for Racial Equity: this toolbox includes a set of six racial equity tools that emerged from Race Forward’s Racial Equity in the Arts Innovation Lab, a 2-year intensive from 2017-2019 that supported 58 arts organizations in New York City in developing racial equity prototypes, practices and skills, and in integrating a race equity lens into their work. Learn More
  • Equius Group: Equius Group, LLC is a consulting firm whose work is to support organizations, communities, and teams in becoming healthy, connected and whole through coaching, consulting and training. Equius consultants approach all projects with an equity lens and work to support their partner organizations to do the same. We have a history of working with foundations, non-profits, educational institutions, corporations and social change initiatives. Learn More
  • ThirdSpace Action Lab: ThirdSpace Action Lab was created to disrupt the vicious cycle of disinvestment and displacement that negatively impacts the vitality of low-income communities of color. They are a grassroots research, strategy & design cooperative, dedicated to prototyping creative place-based solutions to complex socioeconomic problems. They are institutional and community organizers, turning multidisciplinary research into evidence-based strategies; and activating “third places” to co-creating more liberated spaces for people of color. Learn More
  • ASTNC: ATNSC (pronounced Ata-en-sic) is an artist-run urban gathering space that facilitates healing and creative leadership. Located in the historic Buckeye-Shaker neighborhood of Cleveland, ATNSC seeks to reclaim this place for people to heal, create, read, collaborate and forge relationships. ASTNC create and facilitate interdisciplinary, socially-engaged programs rooted in fostering relationships, lifelong learning and the significance of the environment. Learn More
  • Sage and Maven: their intention is to build towards a future where equity and inclusion are positioned as a defining value, and leaders are able to realize their potential by bringing their full, authentic selves to their roles. Learn More
  • Project Implicit: The Implicit Association Test (IAT) measures attitudes and beliefs that people may be unwilling or unable to report. The IAT may be especially interesting if it shows that you have an implicit attitude that you did not know about. For example, you may believe that women and men should be equally associated with science, but your automatic associations could show that you (like many others) associate men with science more than you associate women with science. Take the Test
  • Racial Equity Institute: REI is designed to help leaders and organizations who want to proactively understand and address racism, both in their organization and in the community where the organization is working. REI offers a multitude of services including the Groundwater and Phase I workshops and the Latinx Challenges. Learn More
  • Racial Equity Tools: Racial Equity Tools is designed to support individuals and groups working to achieve racial equity. This site offers tools, research, tips, curricula and ideas for people who want to increase their own understanding and to help those working toward justice at every level – in systems, organizations, communities and the culture at large. Learn More
  • White Privilege and Male Privilege: A Personal Account of Coming to See Correspondences Through Work in Women's Studies (1988) by Peggy McIntosh: This article gives the reader an understanding of white privilege and male privilege. It uses the metaphor of privilege as “an invisible knapsack." Learn More
  • Continuum on Becoming an Anti-Racist Multicultural Organization. Learn More
  • 20 Ways Majority-White Nonprofits Can Build Authentic Partnerships with Organizations Led by Communities of Color. Learn More