Activate Equity

Activate Equity is our annual gathering of artists, cultural workers, activists, and educators tackling the question, "How can we create a more equitable arts sector in New York City?"

We organize this event not to center our organization in this movement, but to connect and amplify those who are doing the work. We welcome all who recognize the challenges and systemic issues at play in the arts & culture sector, and want to create innovative solutions for addressing them. This program is action oriented, with multiple ways for participants to engage and contribute - ultimately aiming to introduce new models, information, techniques, resources and connections.


Registration open now! Activate Equity 2021: Landscaping Abundance
Saturday, April 10, 2021


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Activate Equity 2020 recap video by Jamal Curtis Jones
Subtitles by Natalie Marmol


  • Activate Equity 2020 Presenters included John Scott Richardson, Zavé Martohardjono, and Sarah Khan
  • Activate Equity 2019 Presenters included Lisa Dent, Laura Elliot and Kevin Torres of Oye Group, Mana Hashimoto, Kiyan Williams, and Andre Dimapilis 
  • Activate Equity 2018 Presenters included Ana "Rokafella" Garcia, Aya Lane, Kyoung H. Park, The People's Puppets of Occupy Wall Street, Chinatown Art Brigade, The League of Independent Theater, and Theatre of the Oppressed NYC 
  • Activate Equity 2017 Presenters included Renée Watson, Rachel DeGuzman, Wilfredo Hernandez, and JACK's DeeArah Wright and Alec Duffy 

Questions? Contact Deputy Director Shawn René Graham at

This program is supported in part by:
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