Nashville , like many other large metropolitan cities, has begun the process that Grantmakers in the Arts has identified as the most pressing issue in arts leadership in the United States: building racial equity in our cultural institutions and arts organizations, so creative and cultural expression can become a form of civic engagement for all.

Since 2015, Vanderbilt University’s Curb Center for Art, Enterprise & Pubic Policy has partnered with the Metro Arts/Nashville’s Office of Arts & Culture (REAL) Program to develop insight into how institutional practices around arts programming, artists development, and funding and hiring processes can advance racial equity in our community.

Curb Center and Metro Arts believes it is time to broaden the conversation through a national symposium, convening arts policy leaders, arts administrators, cultural equity organizations, individual artists, and grantmakers to discuss challenges and share best practices as we work to build more equitable practices into arts institutions at all levels.

We invite you to join us this March as we work towards an arts-based, participatory action/research approach to uncover the next layers of meaning, exploration and best practices in the critical work of building the capacity of cultural and creative institutions in driving racial equity and civic engagement for all.

2019 REAL Symposium Planning Committee
Rebecca Kinslow
Community & Organizational Development Director
Metro Arts/Nashville’s Office of Arts & Culture

Elizabeth Meadows, Ph.D.
Curb Center Assistant Director of Creative Practice
Rachel Skaggs, Ph.D.
Curb Center Postdoctoral Research Scholar in Arts Policy
Cecilia Olusola Tribble
Community & Organizational Development Coordinator 
Metro Arts/Nashville’s Office of Arts & Culture