Angelique Power on the Death of "Equity"
Recorded On: 06/23/2020
Tuesday, June 23, 2020
3:30 p.m. EDT
About this Session
Angelique Power, President of the Field Foundation, shares a deeply personal talk about how the recent flurry of equity statements without teeth actually harms the movement. From health pandemic to the pandemic of racism, this moment calls us not talk about it, but be about it. So, what will change after this moment passes and how will you know if you are part of the problem or part of the revolution?
- Hear about the damage wrought by organizations expressing solidarity with a movement towards equity that don't actually take steps towards equity.
- Explore how you can set your organization up to truly transform and move towards equity.
- Test your assumptions and figure out how to be part of the revolution.
Angelique Power, The Field Foundation
This session is a part of the 2020 Annual Convention and Public Art & Civic Design Conference.
President, The Field Foundation
As President of the Field Foundation, Angelique has led a journey with staff, board and nonprofit partners to center racial equity in the foundation’s work. Over the past four years, the foundation has changed how it funds, who it funds, has created accountability structures for community to review its work, rethought metrics, created heatmaps to clearly illustrate the design of inequity within Chicago and has updated its investment policy.
Through strategic partnerships with other foundations, under Angelique’s tenure the Field Foundation has doubled the size of its giving and its programming – allowing it to fund in the areas of Justice, Art, Leadership Investment and Media & Storytelling. These partnerships allow Field Foundation to fund individuals, for profit organizations along with nonprofits. Additionally, in 2020 the Field Foundation relocated to the nation’s first collaborative community workspace dedicated to social impact entitled FBRK’s Impact House, an entity she co-conceptualized with former Chicago Bear, Israel Idonije and other peers.
Power chairs the boards of 6018North and Enrich Chicago, an organization she co-founded, dedicated to racial equity in the arts and serves on the board of Forefront Illinois and the Advisory Committee of the Illinois Justice Project. Angelique co-chaired Mayor Lightfoot’s Transition Team, on the Mayor’s Taskforce for COVID Recovery and is a 2015 Fellow of Leadership Greater Chicago.