SJCA Stands for Justice

The South Jersey Cultural Alliance, as an organization, is invested in the full expression of humanity through arts, culture, and history. We are committed to challenging and dismantling the historical and ongoing systems of racism and oppression in which we operate. It is clear that a serious reckoning with the systemic racism in our industry, and the exclusionary barriers to enter it, is long overdue and SJCA is ready to make the long-term commitment to working toward a more equitable and inclusive South Jersey cultural community.

Change starts with each of us as individuals and as organizations educating ourselves about racism and equality.  SJCA has begun taking steps to do the hard work of looking internally at ourselves, our programs, and systems through the lens of racism.  We will encourage and support our cultural community to do the same. One way we are approaching these changes is by joining the Change Network, an international cohort of OfByForAll.org, which provides us with tools to help connect with underrepresented cultural groups and work collaboratively toward positive change.

We are working with diverse individuals and groups throughout our region, such as the New Jersey Arts and Culture Administrators of Color, to help identify ways we can evaluate and amend our programs and processes to align with the self-expressed needs of underrepresented communities. To learn more about how to join the NJACAC, please contact Deonté Griffin-Quick at [email protected]

Donate to NJ Arts Administrators of Color: https://www.gofundme.com/f/artsleadersfund

South Jersey Cultural Alliance respects, values, and celebrates the unique attributes, characteristics, and perspectives of ALL people. Our strength lies in the diversity of the broad range of artists, arts and cultural institutions, and communities that make up South Jersey. We consider diversity and inclusion a driver of organizational excellence and seek out diversity of participation, thought, and action. Leading by example, we hope that these core values are reflected and embraced by our members, partners, staff, and board.

 

RESOURCES TO SUPPORT D.E.I

“FOR OUR WHITE FRIENDS DESIRING TO BE ALLIES” (By COURTNEY ARIEL)

Information to educate yourself about systematic racism in this country.

https://sojo.net/articles/our-white-friends-desiring-be-allies?fbclid=IwAR0RAdACFv73uPFcLj0TBnQHF_vWVFRM3NmR6dBYNpPQRLeMDvPcDOcPyFc

 

“ANTI-RACISM RESOURCES FOR WHITE PEOPLE” SCAFFOLDING ANTI-RACISM RESOURCES

“Anti-racism Resources for White People” are working documents for scaffolding anti-racism resources. The goal is to facilitate growth for white people to become allies and eventually accomplices for anti-racist work. The document provides a wealth of links to everything from videos to organizations can be found at this resource. This also includes resources for parents.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1PrAq4iBNb4nVIcTsLcNlW8zjaQXBLkWayL8EaPlh0bc/preview?fbclid=IwAR3vW8uNyIkakG8VEvi2_F9PDL0XNAflNrab225m33WTLwe4JEjzn36vGFA&pru=AAABcsLYNZo*NkNqJGbi4q3TIcpuu5yOnw

 

65 RESOURCES FOR RACIAL AND HEALTH EQUITY

Articles, toolkits, research pieces and other materials provide information about issues facing Black Americans, indigenous communities and other minority groups, and offer strategies for taking action to advance racial equity across society—particularly in healthcare.

https://teach.com/resources/racial-equity-resources/#general-racial-equity-resources

 

ACCESS THURSDAY LINEUPS LINEUPS FOR FY22

Join colleagues across NJ and NJ Council State of the Arts and NJ Theatre Alliance’s Cultural Access Network Project steering committee online every month to discuss different topics relating to cultural access. Attend webinars like “Developing a Sign Language Interpreted Performance/Event Program” , “Designing an Audio Description and Tactile Experience Program” and much more! Click here to learn more on how you can register now!

 

ADA PLANNING

This page is designed to assist and educate cultural organizations as they prepare and develop their long range plan for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

https://njtheatrealliance.org/ada-planning

 

ANTIRACIST RESOURCES FOR SMALL BUSINESSES TO FURTHER RACIAL JUSTICE

A resource for small businesses and individuals. Recommendations for what to read, where to buy, what to watch, where to donate, how to get involved and more.

https://www.honeybook.com/risingtide/antiracist-resources-for-small-businesses

 

ASSESS HIDDEN BIASES USING THE IMPLICIT ASSOCIATION TEST

This test designed to explore the topic of implicit associations by allowing testers to assess their hidden biases using the Implicit Association Test (IAT). The IAT is based on thousands of experiments that document how subconscious, information-processing patterns can result in interpersonal biases and broader societal inequities. The developers are professors at Harvard University, the University of Virginia, and Yale University.

To take the test, visit this website: https://implicit.harvard.edu

Follow the links to the “Project Implicit Social Attitudes” page. Agree to proceed with the Demonstrations. (You may complete the tests anonymously using the “guest” access option.)

https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/takeatest.html

 

COURAGEOUS CONVERSATIONS – GLENN SINGLETON

COURAGEOUS CONVERSATION® is our award-winning protocol for effectively engaging, sustaining and deepening interracial dialogue. Through our Framework for Systemic Racial Equity Transformation, we help individuals and organizations address persistent racial disparities intentionally, explicitly, and comprehensively.

We engage in sustained partnerships featuring training, coaching and consulting with organizations to transform beliefs, behaviors and results so people of all races can achieve at their highest levels and live their most empowered and powerful lives.

About Us

CRITICAL RACE THEORY– RICHARD DELGADO AND JEAN STEFANCIC

Critical Race Theory is essential for understanding developments in this burgeoning field, which has spread to other disciplines and countries. The new edition also covers the ways in which other societies and disciplines adapt its teachings and, for readers wanting to advance a progressive race agenda, includes new questions for discussion, aimed at outlining practical steps to achieve this objective.

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CROWD-SOURCED ANTI-RACISM RESOURCES

This document is intended to serve as a resource to white people and parents to deepen our anti-racism work. If you haven’t engaged in anti-racism work in the past, start now. Feel free to circulate this document on social media and with your friends, family, and colleagues.

Here is a shorter link: bit.ly/ANTIRACISMRESOURCES

 

CROWD-SOURCED RESOURCES FOR ANTI-RACIST ACTION 

This list was sourced from countless activists and information sharers. We thank you. It was created to support action and organizing for white-identified folks within the artEquity alumni network, so some resources speak specifically to white folks. However, EVERYONE is welcomed to utilize and share anything that is useful to your actions and organizing.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/13Q3asua1tpQODPJiTXqN_ERJFBlBn7g2oCHzX3o2Ab4/mobilebasic  (provided by Deonté Griffin-Quick, New Jersey Theatre Alliance, Manager of Programs and Services)

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1BRlF2_zhNe86SGgHa6-VlBO-QgirITwCTugSfKie5Fs/preview?fbclid=IwAR0f6e8lVS8Yokddd7kj0roAvH0i-wIh7_VaYtvvtZ73_Ur4cVjBH9BYlb8&pru=AAABcsLnUnI*QHzVPgJvzX4TQJhIdmwouQ

 

CULTURAL ACCESS NETWORK PROJECT

The Cultural Access Network Project (CANP) is a program that began in 1992 by the New Jersey State Council of the Arts and New Jersey Theatre Alliance dedicated to ensuring the theatre experience is accessible to all. CANP provides a wealth of services and programs to build NJ theatre and performance organizations facilities in order to increase accessibility to the elderly and people with disabilities.

Please visit the Cultural Access Network Project website for more accessible resources!

https://njtheatrealliance.org/cultural-access-network-project

 

EQUITABLE HIRING RESOURCE BANK – Philadelphia Foundation

The Equitable Hiring Resource Bank was built with the support of the Philadelphia Foundation to provide access to best practices in equitable hiring for employers in our community. The Equitable Hiring Resource Bank is organized by stages in the employment process and will be updated periodically to evolve alongside workforce procedures.

While these resources are intended for employers to find relevant materials for any aspect of diverse and equitable employment, getting intentional about the holistic process, determining your “why’s and setting some goals will help to enhance your overall success in becoming an equitable organization.

https://philaculture.org/job-bank/equitable-hiring-resource-bank

 

FIGHTING ANTI-BLACKNESS RESOURCE LIST

This resource list, compiled by HarvardWIT+, covers some of the ways in which non-black folks can support the current #BlackLivesMatter movement against police brutality and state violence. We include resources from the BLM movement (including bail funds and other ways to support or donate), reading lists and videos on systemic racism and anti-blackness, and information on how tech communities can commit to address anti-blackness.

https://wit.abcd.harvard.edu/fighting-anti-blackness-harvardwit-resource-list

 

GOOD GOOD GOOD ANTIRACISM RESOURCES

“NO ONE BECOMES ‘NOT RACIST’, DESPITE A TENDENCY BY AMERICANS TO IDENTIFY THEMSELVES THAT WAY.
WE CAN ONLY STRIVE TO BE “ANTI-RACIST” ON A DAILY BASIS, TO CONTINUALLY REDEDICATE OURSELVES TO THE LIFELONG TASK OF OVERCOMING OUR COUNTRY’S RACIST HERITAGE.” – Dr. Ibram X. Kendi

List of articles, podcasts, books, films, videos, and organizations to continue learning and rededicating ourselves to the lifelong task of overcoming our country’s racist heritage.

https://www.goodgoodgood.co/articles/anti-racism-resources

 

GREATER PHILADELPHIS CULTURAL ALLIANCE ARTS & CULTURE FOR RACIAL JUSTICE

Arts and culture have long helped to heal and unite us during painful, fractured times. The Cultural Alliance remains committed to being a partner and agent of change in the pursuit of social justice, amplifying the diverse voices and talents of our community to ensure that they are not only heard but truly seen.  We stand as an ally and advocate for change.

https://philaculture.org/racial-justice

 

HIRE BLACK CREATIVES

A list of Black creatives specializing in photography, writing, graphic design, illustration, animation, visual art, etc! You can also submit information for a black creative to feature their work on the website.

https://www.hireblackcreatives.co/

 

NEW JERSEY ARTS AND CULTURE ADMINISTRATORS OF COLOR

Culture Administrators of Color (NJACAC) is a network of professional arts administrators of color dedicated to advancing efforts related to equity, diversity, and inclusion within New Jersey’s arts community. This initiative is a partnership between New Jersey Theatre Alliance (NJTA), the state’s service organization for professional producing theatre companies, ArtPride New Jersey, the state’s largest arts service and advocacy organization, and New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

Learn more here: https://artpridenj.org/njacac

 

NEW JERSEY THEATRE ALLIANCE: ANTIRACISM RESOURCES

The links below are meant to offer foundational resources about diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism, in theatre and beyond. As organizational development expert Timothy Kight writes, “The truth is that you cannot improve what you cannot manage, and you cannot manage what you are blind to in your personal habits and behavior.”

https://njtheatrealliance.org/antiracism-resources

 

PUTTING RACISM ON TABLE VIDEO SERIES CREATED BY THE WASHINGTON AREA GRANTMAKERS

Watch the original 2016 Putting Racism on the Table video series here: https://www.puttingracismonthetable.org/

 

RESOURCES FROM THE AMERICAN ALLIANCE OF MUSEUMS

Access and read articles from across the field that highlight the issues of Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion.

  • Need practical tips and tools to advance your work on Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion? Check-out our DEAI Resource Page from the Information Center.

 

RESOURCES FROM THE SMITHSONIAN’S NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY AND CULTURE

Talking About Race, a new online portal designed to help individuals, families, and communities talk about racism, racial identity, and the way these forces shape every aspect of society, from the economy and politics to the broader American culture. The online portal provides digital tools, online exercises, video instructions, scholarly articles and more than 100 multi-media resources tailored for educators, parents, and caregivers—and individuals committed to racial equality.

 

RESOURCES FROM THE GERALDINE DODGE FOUNDATION

 

WILEY ONLINE LIBRARY

Inclusive Language Promotes Equity: The Power of Words by Frances E. Likis DrPH, NP, CNM

First published: 17 February 2021

https://doi.org/10.1111/jmwh.13225

 

YOUR 3-STEP, UNCOMPLICATED FORMULA FOR A MORE DIVERSE, EQUITABLE, AND INCLUSIVE WORKPLACE

Learn how to prioritize DEI within art organizations to encourage audiences of diverse backgrounds to engage and feel connected to the arts in their own community by reading this short informative article by Taneshia Nash Laird, CEO at Newark Symphony Hall & Adjunct Professor at Drexel.

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/your-3-step-uncomplicated-formula-more-diverse-taneshia-nash-laird/?trackingId=xR1jEa0JQQiAt%2Fhbw5PBwA%3D%3D