Vibrant Communities

Tools for Building Your Anti-Racism Plan

The Kentucky Arts Council presents a three-part, interactive workshop series for leaders, staff and volunteers of Kentucky non-profit arts organizations to take a deep dive into understanding racial and cultural equity and develop tools to include anti-racism practices in your racial equity, cultural equity and diversity work.

This workshop series for Kentucky non-profit arts organizations will provide techniques and practice to support effective and compassionate engagement in the collective healing needed today. There will be an emphasis on getting comfortable with the discomfort of taking imperfect steps towards dismantling racism.

May 17: How do we use bravery and curiosity to recognize racism?

Participants will explore vulnerability and power using poetry, terminology and the Artist Thrive rubric to honestly assess and guide actions to building equitable communities.

May 24: What do we say to interrupt racism?

Building on the previous workshop, participants will develop and strengthen equity tools through conversation starters and affinity spaces that interrupt racism and invite discussion. Time will be spent practicing and finding one’s agency in using these tools.

June 7: What resources are available to support individual and community anti-racist practices?

Practice, practice, practice interrupting racism in common scenarios using previously learned techniques and tools. Participants will be introduced to media resources that will strengthen their capacity to address the harm and initiate healing.

Participants will walk away from this series with:

Kentucky Arts Partnership organizations, and nonprofit organizations interested in applying for a KAP grant, are strongly encouraged to attend the workshops. The workshops offer tools that will be helpful to you in starting or updating your diversity plan.

The workshops are free and developed through a grant from the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation.

The arts council will require the submission of a Cultural Equity Plan (also referred to as a Diversity Plan in previous applications) as part of the Fiscal Year 2023 Kentucky Arts Partnership application for all grantees.

For more information, contact Emily B. Moses, executive staff advisor,