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 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, and/or have been an ACI Artist-in-Residence. 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; 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'. The study was supported by the SSRC Dissertation Development Program and UMass Boston, with funds from the Andrew Mellon Foundation.  

Findings from this research are set to be released in November 2017, with abstracts accepted to present the work at the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (Nov 17), Humanities in Medicine at the Mayo Clinic (Oct 17), Continuing the Conversation at Harvard University (Nov 17), amongst others. 

In 2018 ACI will begin Phase II of the 'Cultural Equity Gap' study, focused on participatory action research focused on ALOC’s perspectives on leadership development, and levers of change for access, in the contemporary art world.

Results 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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