Anti-Racism Virtual Town Hall

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.

The work to confront and dismantle racism falls on everyone of us as we try to build equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility in our institutions, systems, communities, and networks. A few groups in Calgary support building this capacity within communities and organizations.

The town hall on Wednesday, August 12, 2020 focuses on how this work is currently being pursued and sustained in Calgary, especially from the vantage points of BIPOC communities.

For this purpose, we have panelists from ActionDignity and Anti-Racist Organizational Change (AROC)/Black Caucus to talk about the work they are doing, to share important learnings and to discuss what they see as opportunities and challenges in deepening and expanding this work in Calgary. They will talk about what allyship and accomplice work looks like and how the current movements and initiatives can be supported.

Afterwards we will have an open discussion, especially on how these efforts can be joined with similar efforts among artists and in the arts sector.

The August 12 virtual town hall takes place through Zoom from 3:00 to 4:30pm MDT and will be interpreted in American Sign Language (ASL) with a live transcription available. Register at to take part. 

Registering for this town hall confirms that you have read and agree to our group agreements as amended for this meeting. If you have questions, please send them to

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