2022 Fall Workshop Series

This past fall, the Aspen Institute Artist-Endowed Foundations Initiative | AEFI was pleased to continue its project Increasing the AEF Community’s DEAI Capacity to Host BIPOC Internships and Fellowships with a four-part, online workshop series focused on professional practice around Diversity, Equity, Access, and Inclusion and Hosting BIPOC Internship/Fellowships.

This series continued the discussions and advances the work that was generated by the spring 2022 workshop series, responding to issues identified by AEF leaders during interviews and surveys as well as the AEF community meeting in July. Like this earlier series, it is designed to help AEF leaders and staff build their organizations’ DEAI capacity, develop a shared understanding of effective practice in hosting BIPOC internships and fellowships, and engage with colleagues in exchanging lessons learned around this important work. 

Monday, October 3 
2:00 to 3:00 PM ET 
Consortium Concept Review 
The workshop series will be preceded by an online review session to discuss the concept for a three-year demonstration project by which members of an AEF consortium collaborate to advance the next generation of BIPOC leaders in the visual arts.  
Presenters: Nikki Kirk, AEFI Project Consultant, and Christine J. Vincent, AEFI Project Director 

2022 Fall Workshop Series 
Building DEAI Capacity to Host Internships/Fellowships – #2 

Thursday, October 6
1:00 to 3:30 PM ET
Advancing Your Foundation’s DEAI Practice 

Reflect on what DEAI means to your particular AEF, its charitable purposes and programs; consider which aspects of the organization should be prioritized in advancing its DEAI practice; and explore what strategies and processes would help bring alignment among staff members and among board members around these goals.
Facilitator: Jade Agua, Chief Learning Officer, USC Race and Equity Center 

Thursday, October 13
1:00 to 3:30 PM ET
Building Board and Staff Diversity
Zero in on the critical issues of building and sustaining diversity among AEF boards and staff, considering equitable strategies to identify, recruit, and retain board members and staff who will bring crucial perspectives and lived experiences to the processes of governing AEFs and conducting their programs in service to an increasingly diverse public.
Facilitators: Jan Masaoka, CEO, California Association of Nonprofits and Katherine McNamee, Director, Human Resources, American Alliance of Museums  

Friday, October 21
1:00 to 3:30 PM ET 

Lessons Learned by AEF Leaders Hosting BIPOC Internships/Fellowships 
Engage with AEF leaders whose foundations hosted BIPOC interns/fellows this summer, discussing the lessons they’ve learned about effective practices for hosting BIPOC internship/fellowships. 
Moderator: Kai Monet, Specialist, University Audiences, The Hammer Museum at UCLA, and Resource Specialist: Faron Manuel, Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellowship Program Coordinator, High Museum of Art 
Presenters: Corita Art Center, Nellie Scott; James Howell Foundation, Laura Bardier; Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts, Mary Clare Stevens; The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, K.C. Maurer; Woodman Family Foundation, Lissa McClure.

Friday, October 28
1:00 to 3:30 PM ET
Planning an Equitable Internship/Fellowship
Draw on knowledge generated via the project’s research findings, resource library, prior workshops, and lessons shared by AEF leaders to develop plans for hosting a BIPOC internship/fellowship that is equitable and impactful and advances learning by all involved — student and host.
Facilitators: Ilk Yasha, Manager, Studio Museum Institute, and Deryn Dudley, Vice President, Learning and Engagement, National Arts Strategies. 

For more information, contact Christine J. Vincent at christine.vincent@aspeninstitute.org.