Activate Equity 2021: Landscaping Abundance

Event Date: 
Saturday, April 10, 2021 - 11:45am to 7:00pm
Event Location: 

Zoom (Please register by 6pm EST Friday, April 9th to get the secure meeting link.)

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.

This year's theme is: Landscaping Abundance. 

Finance is not just nuts and bolts, cold shoulder, and a bottom line. Your financial life is more nuanced than that. Your finances directly affect your livelihood, how you move about your life, and what you hope to accomplish. For our 5th Anniversary of Activate Equity, we invite you to radically change from a scarcity mindset to one of abundance.

Join us online, for any part of the day or for the entire day, along with Theatre of The Oppressed, Maysoon Zayid, Shalewa Mackall, to address the challenges and opportunities that lie within any one’s financial journey. 

Please note that this event will be recorded. 


Activate Equity 2021 Presentations

Shalewa Mackall • Self as Source

12:15pm - 1:15pm EST

Headshot via Photo of Shalewa Mackall, a short-haired wearing red-framed glasses with heart-shaped lenses.Poet, choreographer and educator, Shalewa Mackall, invites artists into an experience of deep subjectivity and embodied creativity which draws on breathwork, somatic practice and improvisation. In this generative workshop, dancing is optional, and handwriting is strongly encouraged. 

Shalewa Mackall has more than 30 years experience teaching, performing and creating in traditional and contemporary African Diaspora dance forms. She has performed with Ballethnic, Giwayen Mata, Maimouna Keita, Ronald K. Brown/ Evidence, Harambee, and Rashida Bumbray/ Dance Diaspora. Mackall founded Movement for the Urban Village Dance Company/MUV (2006 Brooklyn Arts Council Community Arts Regrant Award Winner) and presented her choreography  at BRIC, Kumble Theater, Joyce SOHO, BAM/Fisher, Judson Church, Summerstage and many other local and regional venues. Mackall is currently developing interdisciplinary performance projects joining movement and poetry. Her poetry was included in the 50in50 Project in New York and Los Angeles,the 2019 Visible Poetry Project and is forthcoming in African Writer Magazine. Mackall is a 2019 Poets House Emerging Poets Fellow. Mackall currently teaches dance and Black Studies at Saint Ann's School, works as a Fieldwork facilitator and is an active member of ACRE-PISAB.

Maysoon Zayid • Investing in Disability
"How disability inclusion pays off"

1:30pm - 2:15pm EST

Photo of Maysoon Zayid wearing a blue sleeveless top with a deep v-neck against a gray background.Maysoon Zayid's "Investing in Disability" Workshop will tackle two of the least funny topics--finances and disability in her hilarious talk. She will share her secrets for not starving when you're an artist and answer all of the disability questions you were afraid to ask. 

Maysoon Zayid is an actress, comedian, writer, and disability advocate. She is a graduate of and a Guest Comedian in Residence at Arizona State University. Maysoon is the co-founder/co-executive producer of the New York Arab American Comedy Festival and The Muslim Funny Fest. She was a full-time On Air Contributor to Countdown with Keith Olbermann and is a guest writer for Vice. She has most recently appeared on CNN’s New Day, 60 Minutes, and ABC News. Maysoon had the most viewed TED Talk of 2014 and was named 1 of 100 Women of 2015 by BBC.

As a professional comedian, she has performed in top New York clubs and has toured extensively at home and abroad. Maysoon was a headliner on the Arabs Gone Wild Comedy Tour and The Muslims Are Coming Tour. She appeared alongside Adam Sandler in You Don’t Mess with the Zohan and is a recurring character on General Hospital. Maysoon limped in New York Fashion Week and is the host of the web series, Advice You Don’t Want to Hear. She is the author of the bestselling memoir, “Find Another Dream” and is the creator of the “Book of Bay Ann” children’s graphic novel series.

Theatre of the Oppressed • Rehearsing The Revolution of Arts Institutions

3:15pm - 5:15pm EST

Headshots of  Theatre of the Oppressed NYC Jokers (clockwise from top left) Omari Soulfinger, Tasha Grant, Liz Morgan, and Julian PimientoA core principle of Theatre of the Oppressed is “de-mechanization” which is Augusto Boal’s term for breaking down how we’ve been trained to interact with the world around us.  If we are currently conditioned into a scarcity mindset, then we must practice new ways of thinking and taking action. Join resident Jokers from Theatre of the Oppressed NYC who will guide participants through a scene creation process and depict the voices that tell us “there isn’t enough to give you what you need.” Together we’ll brainstorm solutions and interrupt oppressive mental models that oppress us internally, interpersonally and institutionally. 

Theatre of the Oppressed NYC partners with communities fighting against oppression to inspire transformative action through theatre. Their goals are to build community, solidarity, and awareness; to enable actors to become activists; and to influence policy-making through participatory theatre. Their work is guided by several core principles: that any discussion of a social problem should center the voices of those directly affected; that unscripted, live encounters have immense potential for transformative change; and that community-based art and activism can influence structural change. 

DJ DAK • Reception

5:30pm EST

DJ DAK logo featuring an illustration of a smiling woman with a large head of curly hair, wearing hoop earrings and headphones around her neck, underlined with a sound wave and the words "DJ DAK" underneath.Join DJ DAK in the reception hour of Activate Equity for a mix of upbeat R&B, hip-hop, dance, house and soul classics! 

Adaku Okpi (DJ DAK) serves as the Global Chief of Staff, Black Inclusion Group, and as a Senior Admin Assistant at LinkedIn. She is a classically-trained actor, who studied Dramatic Arts at Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. She has DJ'd for such notable clients as the NBA, WNBA, Global Citizen, The Classical Theatre of Harlem, and LinkedIn, to name a few. 


Accessibility Notice:
ASL Interpreters will be provided for the day. Please download the latest version of Zoom so that you may utilize the live captioning option. E-mail Natalie Marmol at if you require other accessibility services at least two weeks prior to this event. 
$0-80 (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. 

To ensure your spot at this year's virtual Activate Equity, please be sure to purchase a ticket by 3:00pm EST on Friday, April 9th, 2021. 
Registrants will receive as Zoom link to Activate Equity on Friday, April 9th at 9pm EST. A reminder email will be sent to registrants 15 minutes before the start of event. 

This event will be recorded. If you wish for your likeness to not be captured, you may participate with your camera and microphone disabled. 



This program is supported in part by: 

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