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Posted on: October 31, 2018

[ARCHIVED] The ArtsCenter, Orange County Arts Commission to host “Racial Equity and the Arts”

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The ArtsCenter, in partnership with the Orange County Arts Commission, will host “Racial Equity and the Arts” November 10, 11, and 17, 2018. The workshop will feature a two-day immersive training by the Racial Equity Institute (REI) followed by a one-day discussion of arts equity and access within Orange County.

The workshop is being offered to cultural arts leaders within Orange County who wish to understand how and why racial inequities continue to plague our communities. Using talking points, historical facts and an in-depth understanding of racism, REI will spend two days explaining our country’s history of systemic racial and ethnic disparities. On the third day, a facilitated discussion will allow participants to formulate first steps in addressing inequities in the programming and operations of their own organizations and arts communities.

Registration is $40 per person, which includes continental breakfast, lunch and snacks each day. Individuals interested in participating may contact Dan Mayer, executive director of The ArtsCenter, at

In addition, all participants will receive a complimentary ticket to see jazz drummer Ralph Peterson at The ArtsCenter on Nov. 9; visit for more information.

This program is made possible with grant funding from the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, as well as the Triangle Community Foundation.


 Created in 1985 as the official government agency on the arts by a Resolution of the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC), the Orange County Arts Commission (OCAC) serves as a clearinghouse for arts information, facilitator of arts programs and advisor to the Orange County Board of County Commissioners regarding the arts. As the Designated County Partner of the North Carolina Arts Council in Orange County since 1985, the OCAC is responsible for sub-granting state and county funds to arts organizations, schools and artists throughout the county. Our mission is to promote and strengthen the artistic and cultural development of Orange County, North Carolina.

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