Diversity and Equity in the Arts 

Diversity and Equity in the Arts 

Diversity and Equity in the Arts 

ArtsFairfax WORK-SMART Series 

ArtsFairfax workshops and webinars are learning opportunities for artists, arts administrators, and arts organizations to gain new skills, knowledge, and connections to further their personal and organizational goals, and build the capacity of the arts. 

In 2020, ArtsFairfax launched the WORK-SMART workshop series to meet identified development needs within our community. The programming focused on marketing and engaging the community.   

In 2021, ArtsFairfax continues the community’s conversation by exploring building inclusion, diversity, equity, and access into the arts sector recovery.  

Diversity and equity became front and center in 2017 when the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved a joint social and racial equity policy – One Fairfax. It commits the County and schools to intentionally consider equity when making policies or delivering programs and services. The policy states that our community believes all residents in Fairfax County deserve an equitable opportunity to succeed—regardless of their race, color, sex, nationality, sexual orientation, religion, disability, income, or where they live. 

Fairfax County takes pride in its diverse community, yet our arts organizations’ leadership and programming often do not reflect our demographics. Workshop participants engage a series of advisors in lessons and community conversations to make progress in our vision of arts for all. 

ArtsFairfax aims to help increase the arts community’s knowledge and understanding for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access (DEIA) through the 2021 WORK-SMART series: 

March 11, 2021 – One Fairfax 

The workshop featured information and a community conversation with Fairfax County’s Chief Equity Officer, Karla Bruce. A complete record of the workshop is available. 

April 08, 2021, at 12:00 PM – Community Engagement and Communications with Dr. Brea Heidelberg 

The workshop focused on making connections with diverse audiences and start meaningful conversations about diversity, equity, inclusion, and access. A complete record of the workshop is available.  

May 13, 2021, at 12:00 PM – Building Authentic Partnerships with Dr. Brea Heidelberg 

The workshop focuses on the best strategies to make connections and create partnerships with the broader community and start inviting and including board members from diverse backgrounds. The speaker has prepared other fun and interactive presentations and discussions full of helpful information.   

June 10, 2021, at 12:00PM – Assessing Progress 

The last leg of the workshop series will focus on “Assessing Progress”. Speakers will be announced in the coming days, but registration is now open.  

ArtsFairfax will close registration at 5:00 PM on the day before each workshop. Successful registrants will receive an email containing the workshop session link. Anyone who cannot register and still wants to participate in the workshop can contact ArtsFairfax through kcraine@artsfairfax.org

Through ArtsFairfax WORK-SMART, we can learn together, build relationships, and model best practices. To learn more about ArtsFairfax WORK-SMART workshop series and other arts events in Fairfax County, visit https://artsfairfax.org/