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 two-week long Arts 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. Interested in learning more? Sign up for our newsletter to stay up to date with opportunities.

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Arts 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, and/or have been an ACI Artist-in-Residence. Artists can also be invited by other ACI artists, and/or staff. 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 inaguarl artist leader retreat took place in November 2017, and we hope to run a similar retreat in 2018. 

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ACI is committed to the elucidation of inequities; as well as the celebration of culture, in the contemporary art world, so that we may collectively work towards justice, access and equity. 

In the summer of 2017 ACI conducted Phase I of a baseline, mixed-methods inductive attitudinal study on the 'Cultural Equity Gap', focused on influencers who hold power in the contemporary art world, including focus groups and a national quantitative study. The study was supported by the SSRC Dissertation Development Program and UMass Boston, with funds from the Andrew Mellon Foundation. 

Findings released electronically on 1/29/18, download the PDF report here. 

In the summer of 2018 ACI began Phase II of the 'Cultural Equity Gap' study, focused on the perspectives of self-identifying arts leaders of color, all of whom are part of the Network for Arts Administrators of Color, an affinity group born out of ArtsBoston. In addition to these focus groups, ACI is running a year-long Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) component with Boston high school youths. In aggregate, the focus groups and the YPAR component seek to understand what authentic leadership looks like, as well as what levers for change are, in the contemporary arts world. 

Results will be used for advocacy and awareness through publication and conference presentation, as well as for direct programmatic design and refinement.

We are also in the process of expanding and replicating study methodology in various cities nationally. If you feel this blueprint research would be supportive for your arts community ecosystem drop us a line to discuss intersection. 

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