Our Time: Sustaining the Movement for Equity in the Arts

75% Artists of Color 75% Workers of Color

Next Saturday, Artists of Color Bloc will be hosting a dinner for the very last installment of Open Engagement 2018. For this intimate dinner we have invited special guest to update us on: museum diiversity plans as mandated by Department of Cultural Affairs, funding and empowerment for the arts in communities of color, and the potential for developing state legislation to help eradicate racism from employment in the NYC’s cultural institutions.

Special guest will include cultural workers from NYC Museums, Community Artists and Supporters, Equity Consultants, and NYS legislation officials.

Saturday, May 12, 2018 
7:00–8:30 pm  |  Dinner & Conversation
Kurry Qulture
36-05 30th Ave | Astoria, NY 11103
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Tickets $37 (includes prix-fixe dinner)
*wheelchair accessible* *kid-friendly* *vegetarian options*

Special guest TBA, check updates:
facebook.com/events/168413330488087

Co-Sponsored by:
acommonproject.org

– – – – – – SPECIAL GUEST – – – – –

ARTIST & COMMUNITY FUNDING:
Cornelius Byrd
Artist/ Creative Advocate
Layman Lee
Neighborhood Development & Placemaking Manager

CULTURAL WORKERS | Diversity Plan updates:
Noé Gaytán
Brooklyn Museum, Senior Museum Educator
Jackie Du
Teaching Artist for Museum of Arts and Design‘s Arts Reach Program

EQUITY LEGISLATION & CONSULTATION:
Monica Montgomery Nyathi
Strategic Director Museum Hue _ Colorful. Cultured. Cool & Independent Curator
Anne-Rhea Smith
Director of Diversity, Events and Caribbean Affairs, Office of Senator Jesse Hamilton, New York State Senator, (D) 20th Senate District

Antonio Serna is an artist working in New York with both a collective and studio based practice. He is currently working on ‘Documents of Resistance’ and ‘Collective Timelines’ two pedagogical projects that focus on the history of artists and workers of color. Additionally he is a member of Arts & Labor’s Alternative Economies Working Group which organized “What Do We Do Now?” the first alternatives economies fair and resource guide for artists in NYC. Through these and other autonomous collectives he promotes self-organized cultural events, research, education, and artist-as-activist interventions. Antonio also maintains a productive studio practice as a place of experimentation, reflection, and as a balance to working collectively. He has recently developed artCommons, an art-sharing platform for studio artists. Originally from Texas, Antonio has participated and organized projects in New York, Texas, Las Vegas, Spain, Mexico, Berlin, and Romania. Antonio Serna holds a Masters in Fine Arts from Brooklyn College, and a BFA from Parsons School of Art.

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