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REAL 2022-2023: Alumni Network 


Racial Equity in Arts Leadership (REAL) is a learning cohort and research partnership between Metro Arts and the Curb Center for Art, Enterprise & Public Policy at Vanderbilt University. REAL brings together leaders within cultural arts nonprofits who are interested in exploring the role of racial and class equity in the arts ecosystem in Nashville. This fiscal year (2022-23), REAL is focusing on developing our Alumni Network, providing networking, book discussions and other opportunities for alumni of the program. Contact Chuck Beard with questions about the Real Alumni Network.

REAL's Relaunch for 2021-2022

After a period of reevaluation, REAL relaunched for the 2021-22 fiscal year. This year's cohort will culminate with a mandatory 2.5-day training, Understanding and Analyzing Systemic Racism, led by Crossroads Antiracism. Selected cohort members will then have the opportunity to continue to meet for project design and implementation support through the spring and summer of 2022.

Questions? Please email Chuck Beard

News: Meet our FY22 REAL Cohort!


FY22 REAL Cohort Schedule



• 9/17/2021 - “Art of Healing” Show Opening, Curb Center 

• 9/24/2021 - Week 1: Welcome to REAL 

• 10/1/2021 - Week 2: Beginning Together, Building Community, and Establishing a Dialogue 

• 10/2/2021 - Mandatory Saturday Crossroads Training Part 1 (Virtual) 


Racial Equity 

• 10/8/2021 - Week 3: Bias 

• 10/15/2021 - Week 4: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in the Art 

• 10/22/2021 - Week 5: Intersectionality 

• 10/29/2021 - Week 6: Representation and Storytelling 

• 11/5/2021 - Week 7: Representation and Identity 

• 11/12/2021 - Week 8: Healing and Trauma 


Racial Equity and Arts Leadership 

• 11/19/2021 - Week 9: Equity in the Arts: Arts Leadership 

• 12/3/2021 - Week 10: Equity in the Arts: Artists 

• 12/10/2021 - Creating a Culture for Diverse Leadership 


Arts Leadership 

• 1/7/2022 - Week 12 Navigating Challenges in Organizations 

• 1/14/2022 - Week 13: Arts Entrepreneurship 

• 1/21/2022- Week 14: Arts Policy 

• 1/28/2022 - Week 15: Art Thinking 


Putting into Practice to Enact Change 

• 2/4/2022 - Week 16: Community Engagement and the Arts 

• 2/11/2022 - Week 17: The Native Population in Nashville 

• 2/18/2022 - Week 18: Literary Symposium: REAL Alumni Collective Presentation 

• Spring TBD: Crossroads Training Part Two: Understanding and Analyzing Systemic Racism 2.5 Day Training

If selected for the cohort, each participant will receive reading materials in advance of each session.  Each cohort member must agree to participate in program evaluation, and if interested, will support future programs and sessions related to race, class, and gender inequity for other cultural organizations. 


More About REAL

Metro Arts, Curb Center Awarded $50,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to Relaunch, Expand Racial Equity in Arts Leadership

REAL Program Celebrates Four Years



News and Updates about REAL
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