In 2017 ArtsPool, a cooperative providing non-profit arts organizations with administration services, decided that they were ready to grow their team. In preparation for growth they began to interrogate some of their institutional habits and ways of work.
ArtsPool wanted to grow their team in a way that challenged the racial inequity all to present in the New York arts administration field and they needed support to do it. Create Forward provided our two-day organizational development training on racial equity. In day one, the ArtsPool team got to develop a shared language and historical context for racial inequity in the U.S and specifically in the arts.
Two months later after some time to reflect and analyze their own practice we met for the second part of the training, where they got to look more practically at their own structures and habits of work to bring more transparency and collaboration.
ArtsPool continues to apply what they learned in our training to align their commitment to racial equity with their institutional policies and practices.