How To Adapt To Stay Relevant And Viable

Paul Miller


Elizabeth Bracey; Christina Salerno; Vivian Hua; Simon Docking; Brandall Jones


After nearly two years of unpredictability, arts and culture organizations have been encountering huge changes on multiple fronts. During this time, it has become evident that the ability to adapt to change and help your organization evolve has been the skill most needed to stay relevant and viable. In this interactive discussion, you'll learn best practices in managing your group through changes due to social unrest, political division, and a global pandemic by focusing on the three Ps: Programming, People, and Preparation. Bring your questions and your own experiences to share with our panelists and your colleagues.



Steps for Building Your Anti-Racist Arts Organization

Donna Walker-Kuhne


Brenda Williams-Butts; Khalilah Elliott; Eugenia Harvey


Four top industry leaders will continue the discussion they began with us in July about their approach to building a culture of diversity in the workplace – and how you can too. The recent increase in the demand for leadership and training in the arts and cultural sector has created an opportunity to examine what an anti-racist organization looks like and how the cultural industry can respond to racial injustices. These Diversity, Equity and Inclusion experts will discuss trends, challenges and successes:

  • Moderator, Donna Walker-Kuhne, President, Walker International Communications Group, Inc.
  • Brenda Williams-Butts – SVP, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, New York Public Radio
  • Khalilah Elliott - Founder & Chief Disruptor, Gafford Communications, LLC
  • Eugenia Harvey - Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer, The WNET Group


(Webinars and Roundtables are at 11:00 a.m. PST. You will receive recordings of all webinars and roundtables.)

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What can the arts sector learn from arts organizations of color about community engagement and financial health?

Fifth panel in Wallace’s arts conversation series examines what leaders of arts organizations with deep roots in communities of color see as the keys to their success, as well as what they have learned while navigating crises, including COVID-19.

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