Activate Equity 2019

Event Date: 
Saturday, February 2, 2019 - 10:00am
Event Location: 

El Barrio’s Artspace PS109 215 E 99th St, New York, NY 10029 (Map) 

Activate Equity brings together of a community of artists, activists, and educators who seek to disrupt the racial and social inequities in the arts & culture sector through creative solutions. The Field organizes this annual event not to center our organization in this movement, but to connect and amplify those who are doing the work. The day-long program is action-oriented, with multiple ways to engage and contribute - ultimately aiming to introduce new models, information, techniques, resources, and connections.

In a departure from previous years, Activate Equity 2019 will offer consecutive (instead of concurrent) plenary sessions. Translation: No need to choose workshops; you can attend them all!

Schedule of Events

9:30am - 10:00am | Registration & Check-in

10:00am - 11:15am | Welcome by The Field's Deputy Director, Shawn René Graham
+ Keynote Speaker, Lisa Dent

Lisa Dent for web.jpgLisa Dent is an advocate for living artists and cultural workers. Her background includes work in film, theatre, and the visual arts as a curator, gallerist, writer, production designer, and creative producer. She is currently the director of cultural production at Powerhouse Workshop, a contemporary arts center and fabrication facility scheduled to open in 2020. Dent was most recently the director of resources & award programs at Creative Capital (2012-2017), leading the financial and advisory services programs and advising artists towards the full realization of their projects. Prior to joining Creative Capital, Lisa was associate curator of contemporary art at the Columbus Museum of Art, where she organized exhibitions including Stephanie Syjuco: Pattern Migration, Currents: Latifa Echakhch, and Supply & Demand. Dent was a Helena Rubenstein Fellow at the Museum of Modern Art and has held curatorial staff positions at the New Museum of Contemporary Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art. She was director of the Friedrich Petzel Gallery in New York and from 2004-08 owned and managed Lisa Dent Gallery in San Francisco, where she presented the work of emerging and mid-career international artists. Dent received her BFA from Howard University, her MFA from NYU, and completed the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program in curatorial studies. She has served on several juries and committees and is currently a board member of Triple Canopy. |

11:30am - 12:15pm | Art Share with Oye Group

OYE Group_MAIN_BW@2x.png.pngLaura Elliot and Kevin Torres of Oye Group are leading an art-sharing presentation. They write, "Oye Group is a Brooklyn based Production Company that serves as an incubator for artists both native and immigrant to New York City. We present an eclectic mix of theater, dance, poetry, music, video installations and film through festivals and productions. We curate work that sparks a dialogue over political and social issues critical to our community’s growth. We work with emerging artists to create, play, and grow in an environment that challenges and supports them. We also provide quality arts education programming that gives our Brooklyn Community the tools to generate forward-thinking art." |

12:15pm - 1:00pm | Lunch (included with admission)

1:00pm - 2:00pm | Dance Without Sight with Mana Hashimoto

"What if we close our eyes, open our hearts, and experience a world of rich multi-sensory imagination, how does dance appear for us?" Dance artist Mana Hashimoto writes: "After complete vision lost in adulthood, blindness has become my strength, transforming my perception about people, body, space, life and dance. In this presentation, I will share my journey discovering dance through a multi-sensory approach, consider how Dance Without Sight work is for everybody, and discuss the significance of accessibility developments at dance theaters for blind audiences. Everywhere I go on this planet, I experience common human bonds through dance. Imagination, creativity, and inclusiveness connect people with diverse abilities…unfolding enigmatic beauty of unknown. People and youth with disabilities and diverse abilities are a key part. All together, we create enthusiastic and multicultural fabric of our world. Note: This session will include movement participation. Please wear something comfortable to move in and around.
Mana Hashimoto is a blind choreographer and contemporary dancer based in New York City. Mana began her classic ballet training at the Tachibana Ballet School in Tokyo. During her time studying at Martha Graham School, Mana lost her eyesight completely due to undiagnosed optic nerve atrophy in her both eyes. Since then her life work is devoted to merging blindness and dance. In her choreography she seeks to explore the experience of a visually impaired person who desires to create artistically by using her remaining senses. Mana is the founder of Dance without Sight, a dance workshop that explores movement using rich senses of touch, sound and smell. She is deeply committed to bringing dance education to all, including people with full sight, with blindness and all physical forms. Her work has been recognized in New York Times, Back Stage Magazine and Dance Magazine in 2018. |

2:15pm - 3:15pm | Securing the Bag: Economic Justice and Equitable Pay in the Art World with Kiyan Williams 

Kiyan Williams photoSecuring the Bag will be a creative brain storming session and skill share about accessing resources and negotiating payment as independently contracted artists, focused on artists from communities that historically and presently are subject to economic disenfranchisement.
We will address and question cultural biases around race, gender, and class that impact how artists are paid and negotiate payment: How can we get all of the resources possible from institutions that we work with? How do we negotiate for equitable pay? Facilitator Kiyan will share their experiences developing and negotiating artist contracts, budgets, honorarium, and more. We will collectively come up with best practices for negotiating fair and equal pay and securing resources to support our work. 
Kiyan Williams is a multidisciplinary artist from Newark, New Jersey. They have performed/exhibited work at The Jewish Museum, Brooklyn Museum, SculptureCenter, MoMA, Dixon Place, La Mama Experimental Theater Club, and more. Kiyan received a BA from Stanford University and is an MFA candidate at Columbia University. |

3:30pm - 5:00pm | Kapwa Kouncil: decolonizing the plenary session with Andre Dimapilis

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The Kapwa Kouncil session is for attendees to explore, recognize, and acknowledge their own humanity and the humanity of those around them. With our hearts open, the Kapwa Kouncil will engage in the following questions: What do inequality and inequity feel like in art spaces and in the work place? Why is seeing each other’s humanity important to creating real equity? How do we hold ourselves and each other accountable to the process of activating equity?
Kapwa - A living indigenous Filipinx cultural practice. Kapwa is the practice of, “the Shared Self” - being one with the connection of the human spirit. To feel. To see. To acknowledge the humanity within ourself and each other.
Kouncil - (Purposefully spelled with a “K”. The letter “C” does not exist in the Filipinx alphabet.) The Kouncil is the gathering of the whole tribe; where elders, healers, warriors, and children have permission to speak and receive from an open heart. 
Andre Ignacio Dimapilis is a Filipinx-American culture-bearing and community-based artist, facilitator, and peaceful warrior. He writes: "My art-making in theatre, music, movement, text, building relationships and rituals are in harmony with the truths that I live as Filipinx-American, a male POC, living in the current times working towards social and racial justice. I have been a member of Kinding Sindaw (KS), an Indigenous Philippine Cultural Dance troupe, since 2014. KS has taught me the power of reclaiming, asserting, and preserving my ancestral traditions and practices within my art-making and daily life. Through this work, I have been stripping away the layers of colonization on my mind, body, and spirit and excavating the indigenous conciousness that is naturally held in my being. I strive to create spaces that promotes and honors indigenous cultures, practices, and heritage to deconstruct colonization and white supremacy on our minds, bodies, and the spaces we inhabit. My work has taken me to cultural centers, universities, art institutions, and national conferences in Rwanda, California, Florida, and the NYC area. I, also, share spirit and spread love through the Yidaki (didgeridoo) being intentional about sharing the Yidaki’s cultural origins and the honoring the culture of the indigenious Aboriginal people. I am transparent about the using the Yidaki for meditation and its purpose for setting intentions." Dimapilis is a graduate of the MA in Applied Theatre program at CUNY - School of Professional Studies. |

Price: $0-120 (Sliding Scale) The Field offers self-determined sliding scale tickets in order to make Activate Equity accessible for our artists and the greater community. Admission includes access to the full day of programming, including lunch. The full value for the event is estimated at $120 per participant.

Disposable cups and cutlery will be available for the morning coffee/tea reception as well as lunch, but we appreciate your help in reducing waste as much as possible. Please reuse your cup (and/or bring your own) and make use of the drinking fountains available throughout the building.

Accessibility Notice El Barrio’s Artspace PS109 is wheelchair accessible. Please indicate in the "Notes" field below if you have any dietary restrictions or if you require a sign language interpreter or any other considerations for you to fully participate in this program.

Activate Equity 2019 Recap

Video by Sammie Amachree

This program is supported in part by:

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