Equity Resources and Readings
As part of our equity statement and strategy, Metro Arts is committed to frequent and ongoing, agency-wide honest conversations about race, class, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age and income status. We make it our practice to pursue formal and informal regular cultural competence training and discussions with staff, board and volunteers. We’ve gathered some readings and resources here that we, as a staff, have found helpful and insightful.
This list is ongoing, and it is meant to be a starting point for deeper research and reflection. As our partners at the Government Alliance on Race and Equity say, “Tools are not the work, but they help us do work.”
If you have additional resources to suggest, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Resources for Processing Trauma and Harm
If you are in crisis, please call the Tennessee Statewide Crisis Line at 55-CRISIS-1 (855-274-7471), a resource for anyone experiencing a mental health crisis. All calls are routed to a trained crisis counselor in your area, who will provide you support and guidance, and work to connect you with appropriate community supports. This service is free.
Coping With Grief After Community Violence (free download; select “download” option on right)
Antiracism and Equity Resources for Your Arts Agency, Organization or Artistic Practice
Resources for Understanding and Combating Racism and Hate in the Wider World