Professional Development

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South Arts is committed to supporting arts professionals in their growth at any stage in their career. Check this page frequently for upcoming and archival learning opportunities and resources.

Upcoming Webinars

No upcoming professional development webinars at this time.

Past Webinars

DEIA: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility Workshops

South Arts hosted a pair of online workshops on embracing DEIA values in your organization with Donna Walker-Kuhne, president of Walker International Communications Group. These workshops were offered free-of-charge, and recordings of both sessions are available below.

Overview of DEIA and Implementing it into Internal Organizational Systems

The following webinar was recorded on May 20, 2021.

This workshop will present the vocabulary of DEIA and its application to arts organizations. This includes unconscious bias, microaggressions, allyship, and becoming an anti-racist organization. We will examine and discuss how to build internal systems that enable the activation and integration of DEIA as integral to the day-to-day business. Participants can expect to participate in case study and discussions.

Through personal reflection, case study discussion, and active engagement, attendees will:

  • Gain a fundamental understanding of why DEIA is a necessary component of the DNA of arts organizations and discuss how to implement these strategies.
  • Understand the importance of this work and its direct application to their cultural organizations.
  • Learn the tools required to advance both the personal and institutional work of DEIA training.

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Referenced during the webinar: The Alchemy of High-Performing Arts Organizations from the Wallace Foundation

Incorporating DEIA Externally through Programs and Community Engagement | June 24, 2021 @ 3:30 p.m. ET

The following webinar was recorded on June 24, 2021.

We will discuss how programming impacts community building and audience development. We will discuss strategies for embedding DEIA as a component of audience development and community engagement building. We will utilize the 10 Tools for Building Audiences as part of our discussions. These tools are: Investment, Commitment, Research, Educating Your Artists and Audiences, Review and Analysis, Follow-up, Partnership, Building the Bridge, Creating Value, and Appreciation.

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About Donna Walker-Kuhne

Donna Walker-KuhneDonna Walker-Kuhne is an award-winning thought leader, writer and strategist for community engagement, audience development, and social justice. She is President of Walker International Communications Group, a 30 year old boutique marketing, audience development, diversity training, and social justice consulting agency. She provides consulting services to numerous arts organizations throughout the world and has generated over $23 million in earned income. She is also Senior Advisor, Community Engagement, New Jersey Performing Arts Center. She is a veteran of over 22 Broadway productions and her nonprofit clients include Lincoln Center, Seattle Theater Group, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, and The Apollo Theater. She is co-founder of Impact Broadway a multicultural project that engages over 300 students as audience members for Broadway with the goal to empower this community to be economic drivers of new audiences for the Broadway Theater district. She is a lecturer and keynote presenter for arts conferences in Moscow, Russia, Blomfontein, South Africa, University of Berlin, AMA Conference in Edinburgh and Australian Arts Conferences. She is an adjunct Professor at New York University, Columbia University and Bank Street College.

She serves on several boards including Signature Theater, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Vice President of the Board for Newark Arts Council, HARLEM WEEK and The Harlem Arts Alliance. She is a member of The League of Professional Women in Theater and the National Theater Conference. Recipient of over 50 awards including the 2019 League of Professional Theatre Women Rachel Crothers Leadership Award and the 2019 SPAA Award for Community Service from Rutgers School of Public Affairs and Administration/Newark. Her first book, Invitation to the Party: Building Bridges to Arts, Culture and Community, was published in 2005 and she just completed her second book, Champions for the Arts: Lessons and Successful Strategies for Engaging Diverse Audiences. She has a weekly blog, Arts and Culture Connections that explores cultural efforts to expand diverse audiences.

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In addition to these workshops, South Arts also offers grants for arts professionals to participate in professional development opportunities!

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