2018 GIA Conference
Race, Space, and Place
Oakland, CA  |  October 21–24

Transformation in Action

Embodying emergent strategies

Monday, October 22, 10:00am – 11:30am

Salon 2/3

Organized and moderated by Sage Crump, project manager, Leveraging a Network for Equity, National Performance Network/Visual Arts Network.

Presented by Tanya Mote, associate director, Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center; Kellie Terry, program officer for Sustainable Environments, Surdna Foundation; and Sharon N. Williams, executive director, Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas.

What will transformation to a just and equitable field require and how can we get there together? As framed by Detroit-based visionary thinker adrienne maree brown, “Emergent Strategy” is more than a plan toward a goal. It is the development of strategic thinking that accounts for the complex systems in which we work and assists in identifying simple interactions that can result in long-term, sustainable change. This session will provide attendees an opportunity to develop strategies for deepening the impact of their own work through small group case study discussions with arts organizations and other funders. Tanya Mote of Su Teatro, Sharon Williams of Central District Forum for Arts and Ideas, and Kellie Terry of Surdna Foundation will share their journeys of transformation and lead small groups through intimate and brave conversations designed to grow our field’s ability to hold complexity as we move toward the field we envision.