Cultural Equity Best Practices: Community Engagement and Inclusivity

Start: June 22, 2017 4:00 PM

End: June 22, 2017 7:00 PM

Location:AS220 Main Stage115 Empire Street, Providence, RI 02903

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Join the Providence Cultural Equity Initiative (PCEI), the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture (USDAC), and AS220 for an evening of performance, storytelling, and community dialogue. We’ll find out more about the work and values of these three dynamic arts and cultural organizations and how to get involved, while building relationships and belonging through conversation and story sharing.

We’ll also roll out the Cultural Guidebook Initiative. This initiative is an ongoing collaboration between PCEI and AS220 which provides resources on how to responsibly engage culturally-specific and multicultural communities and support cultural practitioners, including best practices for community engagement and inclusivity. Hear about the progress of the guidebook, give feedback, and learn how to use it within your organization and community.

More about PCEI:

The Providence Cultural Equity Initiative (PCEI) is a Cultural Consultancy Firm based in Providence, Rhode Island that promotes & cultivates Cultural Equity in the sectors of Education, the Arts, Tourism and Food & Beverage through the means of Advocacy, Awareness, Cultural Development and Consultation. The Mission of PCEI is “to lead the development of Rhode Island’s Cultural Sector & Economy”.  The Vision of PCEI is “to be the premier Clearinghouse for authentic cultural expression, experience, and investment in the northeast United States.” For more info:

More about the USDAC:

The U.S. Department of Arts and Culture is not a government agency. It is a people-powered department and action network, inciting creativity and social imagination to shape a culture of empathy, equity, and belonging. Through national actions and local organizing, the USDAC engages everyone in weaving social fabric and strengthening communities through arts and culture, builds capacity and connective tissue among socially engaged artists and cultural organizers, generates momentum and public will for creative policies and programs rooted in culturally democratic values, and infuses social justice organizing with creativity and social imagination. For more info:

More about AS220:

AS220 is an internationally renowned, artist-run organization committed to providing an unjuried and uncensored forum for the arts. We envision a just world where all people can realize their full creative potential. AS220 developed, owns, and operates three buildings in downtown Providence, representing an investment of $25 million. Within its facilities, AS220 offers artists opportunities to live, work, exhibit, create, learn/teach, and/or perform. These include several rotating gallery spaces, a performance stage, a black-box theater, a print shop, a darkroom and media arts lab, a fabrication and electronics lab, a dance studio, a youth program focusing on youth under state care,  four dozen affordable live/work studios for artists, and a bar and restaurant. AS220 has and continues to play a key role in the revitalization of downtown Providence while advocating for the intrinsic value of artists and artistic practice in the role of community development. For more