August 2022 Member Briefing: Developing a Cultural Equity Plan

Recorded On: 08/11/2022


About the Member Briefing
August 9 at 3:00PM ET  

We are trying out a new membership briefing format to better highlight the amazing work our members are doing in the field as well as to provide insight into Americans for the Arts’ strategy and programming! 

August briefing will feature recent American Express Emerging Leader Award winner and Director of Cultural Affairs for the City of New Haven, Adriane Jefferson, in dialogue with Americans for the Arts’ new Chief of Staff, Daniel Fitzmaurice about their experience and success with developing a cultural equity plan for The City of New Haven.

This hour-long discussion will cover:

  • What a cultural equity plan is
  • How Adriane and Daniel developed one for the City of New Haven
  • Why a cultural equity plan is a necessity for any organization
  • How you can develop a cultural equity plan for your community
  • What you can do to foster support for developing your own plan


We will also leave time for your questions!

Adriane Jefferson

Director of Cultural Affairs

City of New Haven

Adriane is an Executive in Arts Administration and cultural equity with expertise in program design, event & media production, grant making, external affairs ,community partnerships, and new program initiatives. She specializes in professional development programming for young creative professionals, programs that amplifying Black, Indigenous, people of color and social change initiatives. She is a thought leader, adviser and educator pertaining to issues of Justice, Diversity, equity, access, and inclusion. She has dedicated her career to creating programs that result in a more equitable, vibrant and sustainable arts landscape. Adriane is currently the Director of the Department of Arts and Cultural Affairs for the City of New Haven and the Executive Director of New Haven Festival Inc.

Daniel Fitzmaurice

Executive Office

Americans for the Arts

Daniel is positive that everyone benefits from creativity in their communities, which is why cultural equity is a core value in his work. With professional experience as a classical pianist, music educator, and arts administrator, he personally understands the joys and challenges of navigating creative ecosystems. He most recently served as the Executive Director at the Arts Council of Greater New Haven from 2017-2022 after leadership appointments at Creative Arts Workshop and Elm Shakespeare Company, all in New Haven, CT. As a passionate arts advocate, he co-organized Connecticut's first Create the Vote campaigns from 2018 to 2022 and served on a statewide policy advisory committee for arts, culture, and tourism. As a community leader committed personally and professionally to anti-racism, he co-created Connecticut's first COVID-19 relief fund for individual creatives, Arts for Anti-Racism Pledge, and Cultural Equity Plan. He is also proud to have served as a facilitator for the Community Leadership Program and on the Boards of CT Arts Alliance, New Haven Innovation Collaborative, and the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce. He and his family love exploring the vast creative ecosystem of their home states of Connecticut and Rhode Island and experience living in Portland, Oregon, and Philadelphia, PA.

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August 2022 Member Briefing
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