The Arts Community in the Time of the Women's March and #metoo

Saturday, June 16, 4:45 pm - 6:00 pm

We are in a moment of big statements about the power of women's voices. Five million people joined the Women's March, more women than ever are running for office, and the #metoo movement has given space for women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted to raise their voices. In this open brainstorming and workshop session, explore how the arts community can work in the spirit of this movement, support policies that counter gender inequity, and create spaces where women can speak truth to power.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss the goals and progress of the Women's March and #metoo movements, and their connections to the arts.
  2. Hear from fellow attendees about how their organizations (or they individually) are bringing the tenets of the Women's March into the space.
  3. Workshop new ideas that you can bring back to your organization or community to bring your local arts community more fully into the movement.


Tikneshia L Beauford
March On Colorado
Aurora, Colorado

Tish Beauford
March On Colorado Organizer
KGNU 88.5 Community Radio Host, Public Affair

Tish was an original organizer for the Women's March On Washington Colorado in 2017. She helped mobilize the group of 3,000 citizens from Colorado who attended the 2017 March in Washington, D.C. She joined the March on Colorado Board Of Directors in January 2017 and helped organized the Women's March On Colorado 2018 in Denver, CO.

She ​has been involved in community service and activism for over 23 years. She was a member of the International Junior Chamber of Commerce serving as Englewood Local President and State Membership Vice President for the Colorado Junior Chamber Of Commerce from 1993 - 1996. She was the only African American to serve on the local and state office in the 100 year history of the organization.
She has been an advocate for the Colorado Aids Project, Children Literacy and Art Programs and Voter Rights Initiatives.

She hosts 'A Public Affair' which airs on KGNU 88.5 FM Radio from 8:30 - 9 a.m. the fourth Thursday of every month.

Leah Fischman
Board Chair
Annenberg Inclusion Initiative
Brooklyn, New York

Leah Fischman serves as Board Chair of the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, founded by Dr. Stacy L. Smith in 2006. As a passionate advocate for inclusion in the arts and gender equity, working with the leading think tank that addresses issues of inequality in entertainment has been an inspiring partnership. Leah has worked with Dr. Smith and the team to grow industry partnerships, develop and launch the Board of Advisors, expand the Initiative’s inclusion efforts to incorporate the music industry and craft marketing communication strategies to increase visibility the Initiative. Perhaps most notably, Leah was a driving force behind rolling out Dr. Smith's solutions to inequality in media. By offering companies simple and tangible resolutions for complex business challenges such as exclusionary hiring practices, Leah has bridged the gap between academic nomenclature and industry application to foster social impact for underserved communities. There is no better example of this effort at work than listening to one of Dr. Smith's solutions be shouted from the 2018 Oscar Stage - "inclusion rider". This call to action and the subsequent demand received from press and community alike underscores the opportunity we collectively have at this moment in time to create profound change.

Emily Peck
Vice President of Private Sector Initiatives
Americans for the Arts
New York, New York

Emily is responsible for providing business and foundation leaders with the information, resources and strategies they need to better partner with and support the arts. She oversees a variety of programs including the BCA 10 which recognizes businesses for their support of the arts and the BCA Executive Board which is comprised of CEOs who provide leadership and advice. She also organizes professional development programs which encourage and enhance partnerships with businesses and foundations and works with strategic partners in the business and foundation communities to advance our advocacy efforts. Emily also oversees the work of the Arts & Business Council of NY which builds partnerships between arts and business in New York City. She joined the staff of Americans for the Arts in 2008 as part of the merger with the Business Committee for the Arts. Prior to joining the Business Committee for the Arts in 2006, she was at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in the Education Department where she worked on the museum’s internship program and programs for people with disabilities and in the Jewelry Reproduction Department. Emily graduated from Vassar College with a B.A. in art history and has a master’s degree in visual arts administration from New York University.