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BWAC S2E6 - #BlackInTheArts - A Candid Conversation with Black Women Leading in the Art

On Thursday, June 18 on Facebook Live, Bawse With A Cause had an audience of some 2,000 viewers watching a conversation with six dynamic black women leading artistic operations around the nation.

Jennifer Arnold, Director of Artistic Planning and Orchestral Operations at the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Danni Gee, Curator at SummerStage in NYC, Kaisha Johnson, Co-Founder and Founding Director of Women of Color in the Arts (WOCA), Toya Lillard, Executive Director of viBe Theater Experience in Brooklyn, and Taneshia Nash Laird President and CEO of Newark Symphony Hall. 

We heard their stories of how they came to their careers in the arts, about their dynamic leadership styles, heard how their institutions are being impacted by COVID-19, and about their triumphs and challenges as leaders in homogenous spaces.

We did many deep dives into the insidious and deadly manifestations of racism and white supremacy and how people of color can fight against internalizing these harmful and intractable social ills. Each of the five leaders also gives their take on what truth and reconciliation and restorative justice look like in the arts world. 

in addition to our regular listeners, I hope reaches every cultural hallowed hall stagnated by old thinking and is now ready for new ideas and new leadership.

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