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REAL Events

Since its inception in 2015, the Racial Equity & Arts Leadership (REAL) program has brought together arts administrators, executive leaders of cultural institutions, community-based arts organizations, and individual artists for seminars and organizational workshops designed to examine how institutional practices such as hiring processes and arts programming choices can advance racial equity in our community.

While the leadership team uses 2020 to design future programming which addresses Nashville’s rapidly changing landscape, communities, and the art sector you can still get involved in the conversation, through participation in upcoming events.

If you are interested in becoming part of the 2021 REAL cohort or participating in REAL speaker events send your contact details to

Madonna and Child
The Form of Reform



Becoming Co-Conspirators: A Virtual Learning Space to Dismantle White Supremacy

July 14 – August 4, 2020
6PM CDT – offered via Zoom

$25/session nonrefundable

This program is virtual. Each week is an independent session, so attendees can register for any/all sessions they wish to attend. Zoom details for each session will be be provided once you register.

“Becoming Co-Conspirators” is for all who believe that racism is a human problem and are committed to doing their part in dismantling white supremacy and is designed for anyone who wants to continue their learning journey.

Over the course of four weeks, participants will gain a foundational understanding of the landscape and levels of racism, examine the extent of the harm of white privilege, deconstruct the lie of white fragility, and co-create new ways of dismantling and accountability through the following curricula:

  • Demystifying White Supremacy
  • Confronting White Privilege and Fragility
  • Decomposing the Violence of Fragility: White Women’s Tears and White Men’s Rage
  • Operationalizing: Strategy and Accountability

Learn more about “Becoming Co-Conspirators” and register to attend any or all sessions here.

Disrupting Everyday Bias

For Vanderbilt Faculty & Staff ONLY
July – October 2020
Register through Oracle Learning

This two-hour online instructor-led workshop introduces skills to disrupt the impact of bias in interactions, behaviors, and decision-making and the various ways unconscious bias can impede the development of a diverse and inclusive work environment. Participants are introduced to tools and strategies which can be used to make decisions in a more conscious manner.

Contact Diversity Recruitment and Outreach Manager Yasmine Mukahal for inquiries.