Blueprinting a Circular Model for Collective Leadership

Recorded On: 02/11/2022

imageAbout this Webinar

Arts Connect International (ACI) is a Boston-based non-profit whose mission is to build equity and inclusion in and through the arts. ACI accomplishes this through sector support, leadership nurturing, research, and community convenings. They are known for their innovative programs like the Cultural Equity Learning Community, Arts Equity Summit, and Cultural Equity Incubator, amongst others. Working towards internal congruence in equity practices, in July 2021 ACI launched their co-director model, challenging the notions of non-profit industrial structures that are predicated on top-down, neoliberal, and white supremacist structures. The co-director model looks to examine and deconstruct power in the pursuit of collective action and equity. In this session ACI's Andrea Gordillo (she/they), Co-Director of Community Weaving, and Marian Taylor Brown (she/her), Co-Director of Collective Abundance, will discuss the tipping points and deep thought and heart work that led to this new model. They will also share initial findings from the model's implementation over the last year, and open for community discussion.

Participants will walk away with:

  • Explore how traditional non-profit leadership structures and models often perpetuate white supremacy culture
  • Examine alternative liberatory models, specifically one centered in collective leadership


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The Arts & Culture Equity Studio | Mid-Career Leaders Collection provides mid-career arts administrators access to tailored training aimed at helping them develop the skills needed to advance in the arts management field. ACES is a three-part professional development collection spanning all topics regarding cultural equity in arts administration and career advancement. You can register for the full collection here.

Andrea Gordillo

Co-Director of Community Weaving

Arts Connect International

Andrea is an ACI Artist Leader Alumni, from the 2016 - 2017 Artist-in-Residence cohort. Andrea's residency took place in Mexico and focused on trans-national migration through participatory mixed-media arts. Andrea is currently co-founder of Selva Records, a transnational feminist audiovisual production house that intentionally disrupts the music industry with intersectional feminist culture. Andrea is also a doctoral candidate at UCLA's Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, having previously earned their EdM from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and their BA from Emerson College. At UCLA Andrea's work focuses on performance, identity and social justice artist collectives globally. Resides on Mexica land, the Muiscas are from what we now refer to as Bogotá. Pronouns she/they.

Marian Taylor Brown

Co-Director of Collective Abundance

Arts Connect International

Marian is an artist, educator, scholar, innovator and equitable practices advocate. Her work leverages art as a tool for transformational social change and creative justice. Marian is the Founder of the Boston-based non-profit, Arts Connect International (ACI) which works to build equity and inclusion in and through the arts. Previously she worked in arts and culture leadership roles at Open Door Arts, the Art & Global Health Center Africa, and ARTZ: Artist’s for Alzheimer’s, and in research roles at the Institute for Community Inclusion, Project Zero and Hearthstone Alzheimer Care. Throughout her education and work experience, Marian has continued to work as a visual artist; her current studio investigation surrounds art as meditation for self relation, reflection and interrogation. Marian defended her PhD at the School for Global Inclusion & Social Development (SGISD) at the University of Massachusetts Boston in January 2020, where her research focused on examining cultural equity within the arts and culture sector. Marian earned her EdM in Arts in Education from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, and her BA in Studio Art, with a minor in Education, graduating with distinction in Studio Art from Colorado College. Resides on the land of the Massachusett peoples, in Dorchester, MA. Pronouns she/her.


Blueprinting a Circular Model for Collective Leadership
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