ACI is committed to

cultivating and connecting emerging artist leaders of color both in, and to, the contemporary art world. This includes building a supportive community of artist leaders, as well as equipping artists with transformative leadership skill sets for success. Our ultimate goal is to drive economic access in the arts, in turn driving cultural equity and inclusion both inside, and beyond, the contemporary art world. 

 
 

During ACI’s signature Artist Training Institute, artist leaders of color (ALOC) convene in Boston for transformational entrepreneurship training and community building, collaboratively working to address the cultural equity gap. ALOC’s are current and aspiring leaders in the arts sector, spanning: independent artists, curators, museum educators, arts traders, arts educators, and arts entrepreneurs. To deliver effective and cross-disciplinary training, ACI partners with over fifteen local organizations annually during the two-week training. The next ACI Artist Training Institute is set to take place in the spring of 2018. 

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Artist leader retreats are open to all artist leaders of color (ALOC) and wider ACI community partners who have attended and/or partnered on the Artist Training Institute. During retreats, community members are encouraged to convene and rejuvenate with a growing social justice community committed to building global inclusion through the arts. Workshops will be provided in response to artist leaders interest areas with a needs assessment conducted prior to each retreat, as well as unstructured time to simply rest and reconnect. Our next artist leader retreat will take place in November 2017.

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ACI is committed to the elucidation of inequities in the contemporary art world so that we may collectively work towards justice and access.

In the summer of 2017 ACI is running a series of focus groups on the "cultural equity gap" with Boston arts leaders, and a nation wide survey to understand attitudes surrounding cultural equity in the arts.  

In the fall of 2018, ACI will begin piloting a large-scale baseline research project examining ALOC’s perspectives on leadership development in the contemporary art world. Results from this study will be used for advocacy and awareness through publication and conference presentation, as well as for direct programmatic design and refinement.

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