Racial Equity in Arts Leadership (REAL)A project sponsored by the Metro Nashville Arts Commission, Scarritt Bennett Center, and The Curb Center at Vanderbilt
Since 2015, the Curb Center has partnered with the Metro Nashville Arts Commission (Metro Arts) to develop and implement the Racial Equity in Arts Leadership (REAL) program, a series of workshops and seminars designed to drive racial equity in Nashville’s arts sector. The program brings together arts administrators, executive leaders of cultural institutions, community-based arts organizations, and individual artists for regular seminars and organizational workshops that provide insight into how institutional practices such as hiring processes and arts programming choices can advance racial equity in our community. REAL participants meet regularly to address challenges they encounter as they work to build more equitable practices in their institutions.
As part of the REAL program, the Curb Center also sponsors public conversations with national leaders in the fields of arts-based civic engagement and cultural policy to address matters of racial equity.
Jyoti Gupta’s 2015 white paper, “Holding the Mirror Up,” served as key resource for initial conversations amongst the first cadre of REAL partcipants. Based on interviews with Nashville arts organizations, Jyoti’s white paper frames key practices and arts organization’s own reflections on their role in Nashville’s cultural ecosystem and in creating a more equitable city.
About Metro Arts
Metro Arts is the designated driver and facilitator of programs, policies and practices that support Nashville’s arts and cultural vibrancy. Metro Arts vision is that every Nashvillian be able to participate in a creative life and its mission is to drive an equitable and vibrant community through the arts.
About Scarritt Bennett
Scarritt Bennett Center is a nonprofit educational center and conference and special events venue located in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee, on ten tree-filled acres. Drawing on a rich history of community engagement and social activism, Scarritt Bennett Center seeks to maintain an active role at the forefront of social justice issues, with particular emphasis on racial equality, women’s empowerment, intercultural understanding, and spiritual enrichment.