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Join us at Northwest African American Museum on 8/28 for the fourth and final in a series of community discussions to help shape the City’s vision for the future of our creative economy. This month’s topic is Advancing Equity in the Arts – Real Talk!
Lived experience and recent research confirms that people of color in Seattle’s arts and creative ecosystem do not have adequate resources or opportunities to participate in the creative economy equitably and on their own terms. Creatives of color face structural barriers to accessing career opportunities and resources, and are underrepresented in arts leadership and in the creative workforce overall*. This needs to change. What can we – the City, the creative community, each of us individually – do to mitigate racial disparities in the creative economy?
Our guest speakers will discuss issues of access and representation, leadership, and organizational culture. After the speaker portion, attendees will break out into small groups for networking and to give feedback about how the city can grow, support, and retain creatives while minimizing disparities and inequity.
This event is free and open to the public. All ages are welcome. Refreshments will be provided, and adult beverages will be available for purchase for guests 21+.
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All members of Seattle’s creative community are welcome at this conversation: visual artists, performers, music and film industry professionals, teaching artists, arts administrators – whatever role you play in our local creative scene, we want to hear from you!
This conversation is more important now than ever: the 2019 Creative Economy Report found that Seattle creative workers employed in tech (web developers, for example) are the highest paid in the nation, while creative workers employed in arts and entertainment occupations (such as photographers and musicians) are the lowest paid in the nation. The report also found that women and people of color are underrepresented in certain creative occupations, and that wage disparities exist along job title, race, and gender. We need to hear from you, Seattle’s creative workers, to help us better understand the full story behind these disparities and find ways to bridge the gap.