The DIAL Labs

About this Series

Program participants will partake in a 3-part professional development series aimed at helping emerging and mid-career arts leaders develop the skills needed to advance in arts management and expand their toolkit for how to navigate within the field. Arts nonprofits have limited resources, and many do not provide training and tools for junior staff to rise through the ranks to senior leadership roles. As a service organization already doing impactful work in this space, Americans for the Arts is expanding its footprint to support individuals early in their careers to provide a workforce development resource that will one day help them to innovate, transform, and lead. This program works to directly address the gaps in diversity illustrated in the New York City Department of Cultural Affair’s survey and what has been reported as barriers for young people in the field.

This series will include conversations on navigating career pathways, networking and mentorship opportunities, positive disruption, and entrepreneurship in the arts. Each session will allow participants to hear from guest speakers who are leaders in the arts field and allow time for questions after each presentation.

This professional development series will:

  1. Engage early and mid-career leaders in conversations about diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in the arts field
  2. Provide opportunities for diverse future leaders to gain a better understanding of how others have navigated their career development in the arts
  3. Support arts administrators from historically and currently underrepresented communities in accessing professional development programming with practical tools to help advance their career pathways

Can’t make these events live? Register anyway to get access to the recorded event and other helpful resources.

Support for this program has been provided by:

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  • The DIAL Labs: Re/thinking Mentorship in the Arts for POC

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 04/09/2020

    Re/thinking Mentorship in the Arts for POC is a presentation and workshop that centers the POC experience in navigating mentorship in the arts field. As arts organizations and institutions continue to address issues of racial, gender, and class disparities throughout the field, questions about the importance and practice of mentorship, specifically for communities of color, become increasingly critical. This workshop invites professionals across artistic disciplines to delve into the nuances of mentorship by exploring how it can uplift a person’s career, yet potentially present exploitative dynamics.

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    About this Webinar 

    Re/thinking Mentorship in the Arts for POC is a presentation and workshop that centers the POC experience in navigating mentorship in the arts field. As arts organizations and institutions continue to address issues of racial, gender, and class disparities throughout the field, questions about the importance and practice of mentorship, specifically for communities of color, become increasingly critical. This workshop invites professionals across artistic disciplines to delve into the nuances of mentorship by exploring how it can uplift a person’s career, yet potentially present exploitative dynamics. 

    Participants will discuss:

    • Barriers POC face when seeking, retaining, and utilizing mentors
    • The benefits of mentorship for people of color
    • Context of POC mentorship as it relates to access, power, and privilege

    This webinar is a part of The DIAL Labs series.This webinar is available at no charge, and we encourage all who are interested to register. Can’t make the event live? Register anyway to get access to the recorded event and other helpful resources.

    Support for this program has been provided by:

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    Claire Kim

    Special Assistant to the President, Bric

    Claire Kim is an independent curator and arts administrator based in New York City. She is currently working as the Special Assistant to the President at BRIC alongside her work as a 2020 Curatorial Fellow through NXTHVN. Previously, Kim has worked in museum education and programming with numerous arts institutions and organizations, including the New Museum, the Asian American Arts Alliance, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and the Mark Morris Dance Group. She has curated and consulted for exhibitions in spaces such as at BRIC, MoCADA, The Border Project Space, Mom’s Gallery, and Gymnasium. Kim graduated from the Downtown Brooklyn Arts Management Fellowship in August 2018. She received her BA in English and Art History from Fordham University.

    Website: www.clairekim.net

    Instagram: @mediumrareclaire  

    Danilo Machado

    Producer of Public Programs, Brooklyn Museum

    Danilo Machado is a queer undocumented poet and curator born in Medellín, Colombia currently living in Brooklyn, New York. Their poetry and criticism have been featured in Hyperallergic, Brooklyn Rail, ArtCritical, TAYO Literary Magazine, among others. A Producer of Public Programs at the Brooklyn Museum and honors graduate of the University of Connecticut, Danilo is also the curator of the exhibitions Otherwise Obscured: Erasure in Body and Text (Franklin Street Works, 2019-20) and support structures (8th Floor Gallery, opening April 2020), and co-curator of the QTPOC reading series Maracuyá Peach.

    Website: https://www.queershoulders.com/

    Instragram: @queershoulders

  • The DIAL Labs: Contextualizing Power and Creating Change That Can Last

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 04/16/2020

    Anthony Meyers, an experienced arts leader and Founding Director of Leading ChangeMakers, a company that works to achieve racial equity in nonprofit arts leadership through training, consulting and research, will offer insights into his two-decade professional journey in the nonprofit arts sector, and the path that led him to social entrepreneurship. As part of his work with Leading ChangeMakers, Anthony will share perspectives on the concepts of individual and collective power and how they manifest in institutions. Through an EDI lens, he will explore conditions for creating change within organizational systems. Attendees can utilize concepts from this webinar to generate ideas for how change can be instigated in the workplace and refine their personal skills in identifying power dynamics that can encourage and inhibit change.

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    About this Webinar

    April 16, 2020 at 3:00 PM EST

    Anthony Meyers, an experienced arts leader and Founding Director of Leading ChangeMakers, a company that works to achieve racial equity in nonprofit arts leadership through training, consulting and research, will offer insights into his two-decade professional journey in the nonprofit arts sector, and the path that led him to social entrepreneurship. As part of his work with Leading ChangeMakers, Anthony will share perspectives on the concepts of individual and collective power and how they manifest in institutions. Through an EDI lens, he will explore conditions for creating change within organizational systems. Attendees can utilize concepts from this webinar to generate ideas for how change can be instigated in the workplace and refine their personal skills in identifying power dynamics that can encourage and inhibit change. 

    Participants will walk away with:

    • An understanding of how various power dynamics can manifest within organizations
    • Tips for identifying power dynamics that can benefit or present barriers to changemaking
    • Tools for managing conflict while working to create change

    This webinar is a part of The DIAL Labs series.This webinar is available at no charge, and we encourage all who are interested to register. Can’t make the event live? Register anyway to get access to the recorded event and other helpful resources.

    Support for this program has been provided by:

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    Anthony Meyers

    Founder & Executive Director, Leading ChangeMakers

    Anthony D. Meyers brings expertise in grants management, program management and evaluation, fund development, advocacy, facilitation, and audience development. He currently works in public grantmaking and has served as an arts administrator for several nonprofit cultural organizations across the New York tristate area. Anthony is a public speaker and published writer, and recently served as a contributor to the Clyde Fitch Report, which publishes features and opinions at the intersection of art and politics. He started Leading ChangeMakers in 2017 and was a recipient of an Impact Venture Lab award from the New School, which supports social entrepreneurs.

    Website: https://www.leadingchangemakers.com

    Facebook: Leading ChangeMakers

  • The DIAL Labs: Dancing Between Intention and Impact

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 04/23/2020

    Phil Chan and Georgina Pazcoguin are the founders of Final Bow for Yellowface, Phil an arts advocate and Georgina a New York City Ballet soloist monikered The Rogue Ballerina join forces and share their journey navigating conversations around race, representation, and inclusion arising from issues in presenting one short dance—the Chinese variation from The Nutcracker. In this conversation, they will outline best practices for arts professionals to use when navigating issues around race, while also outlining an essential path the American performing arts must take in order to stay alive for an increasingly more diverse 21st century audience.


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    About this Webinar 

     April 23, 2020 at 3:00 PM EST

    Phil Chan and Georgina Pazcoguin are the founders of Final Bow for Yellowface, Phil an arts advocate and Georgina a New York City Ballet soloist monikered The Rogue Ballerina join forces and share their journey navigating conversations around race, representation, and inclusion arising from issues in presenting one short dance—the Chinese variation from The Nutcracker. In this conversation, they will outline best practices for arts professionals to use when navigating issues around race, while also outlining an essential path the American performing arts must take in order to stay alive for an increasingly more diverse 21st century audience

    Participants will walk away with:

    • Insight into how one can navigate their career path under a racial equity lens and address systemic barriers
    • Creative solutions for organizations and individuals to re-envision their work as it relates to inclusion and belonging in the arts
    • Tools for talking about race in the context of the arts field

    This webinar is a part of The DIAL Labs series.This webinar is available at no charge, and we encourage all who are interested to register. Can’t make the event live? Register anyway to get access to the recorded event and other helpful resources.

    Support for this program has been provided by:

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    Phil Chan

    Co-Founder, Final Bow for Yellowface

    Phil Chan is a co-founder of Final Bow for Yellowface. He is a graduate of Carleton College and an alumnus of the Ailey School. As a writer, he served as the Executive Editor for FLATT Magazine and contributed to Dance Europe Magazine, Dance Magazine, and the Huffington Post. He was the Director of Programming for IVY, the founding General Manager of the Buck Hill Skytop Music Festival, and was the General Manager for Armitage Gone! Dance and Youth America Grand Prix. He served multiple years on the National Endowment for the Arts dance panel and the Jadin Wong Award panel presented by the Asian American Arts Alliance, and is on the advisory committee for the Parsons Dance Company. He also serves on the Leaders of Color steering committee at Americans for the Arts. He has given talks at the New York Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, the 92Y, the Guggenheim's Works & Process, the Museum at F.I.T., the Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts, Purchase College, the Joffrey Ballet School, among others, and has collaborated with Ballet West, Pennsylvania Ballet, Arena Stages, and New York City Center.

    Websites: www.yellowface.org 

    Instagram: @philschan | @finalbowforyellowface

    Twitter: @philschan

    Georgina Pazcoguin

    Principal Dancer, New York City Ballet

    Co-founder of diversity initiative “Final Bow For Yellowface” Georgina "The Rogue Ballerina" is breaking glass ceilings in the world of Ballet. Celebrating a 18 year career with world renown New York City Ballet, she aims to be named the company's first female Asian American Principal dancer. A steadily rising star, she is an ambassador of her art form across the platforms of Ballet, Broadway, and Film. Known as the "The Rogue Ballerina" she empowers those not fitting the "balletic ideal stereotype" with her story of success and rise through the ranks of NYCB. She most recently can be seen on stage at David H. Koch Theater and on TV in the hit Fosse/Verdon tv series. In addition to her many credits including award winning film “New York Export Opus Jazz”, Ivy in the revival of “On the Town” and originating the role of Victoria in the 2016 revival of “Cats”, Georgina is a passionate activist for foundations Orphan Starfish, Arteamor, using ballet as a universal language tool raising awareness and impacting social change.

    Website: GeorginaPazcoguin.com     

    Instagram: @Georgina_Pazco