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Racial Equity in Arts Leadership

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Racial Equity in Arts Leadership (REAL)

The Racial Equity in Arts Leadership (REAL) program stems from Metro Arts’ commitment to foster equity through the arts.

Fall of 2015, working with Metro Arts and the Curb Center, consultant Jyoti Gupta conducted interviews with numerous local arts organizations and developed a white paper, “Holding the Mirror Up,” that frames key observations and practices around Nashville’s cultural ecosystem. The results of Gupta’s findings have helped guide conversations and exploration for REAL learning cadre sessions.

In partnership with Curb Center for Arts, Enterprise, and Public Policy at Vanderbilt University, REAL is a platform that engages artists, organizational leaders, and arts administrators in teaching and learning opportunities about race, equity practices, and ways in which to enact change within their personal practice, organizational structure and the larger arts ecosystem. Participants engage in seminars, lunch and learn sessions for self/peer critique, and organizational workshops and public lectures with the goal to illuminate, interrupt and transform conditions that perpetuate racism.

Metro Art is also currently in consultation with Crossroads Anti-Racism Organizing and Training to help us think through dismantling racism and creating content, workshops and discussions for our agency and the arts ecosystem we serve.

For more information, please contact Cecilia Olusola Tribble at