Anti-Racism Virtual Town Hall

As an organization, Calgary Arts Development has committed ourselves to bettering our systems regarding equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility (EDIA). This summer Calgary Arts Development is hosting a series of virtual town halls to discuss issues around the deep-seated racism that exists within our communities and systems, and how we can further develop anti-racist policies and practices governing our work.

On July 29, 2020, Calgary Arts Development hosted our latest town hall which focused on vocabulary (words and their underlying concepts and examined experiences) as a response to suggestions and recommendations from the previous sessions. They were then used to create starting points for a deeper collective discussion and actions to build EDIA in the arts sector and in Calgary moving forward.

The town hall was joined by Dr. Brea Heidelberg and Ruby Lopez Harper to help build our understanding of race and anti-racist vocabulary with a focus towards how these concepts apply in the arts.

The town hall was hosted on Zoom and was interpreted in American Sign Language (ASL). A transcript of the town hall is available below as well as an unedited version of the chat and a list of links that were shared.