Dismantling Racially-Driven Barriers to the Creative Economy

Sunday, June 16, 9:00 am - 10:30 am

Like many other systems derived from white/capitalist concepts, success in the creative economy is harder for people who create, work, lead, and communicate differently from dominant norms. In this discussion, break down what those norms are and how agencies and local partners can address them.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Hear from members of historically marginalized groups about their ways of working, and how they have attempted to succeed in the creative economy.
  2. Explore examples of how agencies and local public and private partners have worked to address barriers and dismantle inequitable systems.
  3. Learn more about dominant (white, male, heteronormative) frames and how they appear in the creative economy.


Eric Jolly
President & CEO
Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation
St. Paul, Minnesota

In his role as president and chief executive officer of The Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundations, Eric J. Jolly, Ph.D., continues his lifelong work to educate, elevate, and give voice to people in his communities.

The Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundations match donors’ charitable resources with community-led solutions. Jolly began leading The Foundations in August 2015 and is forging meaningful, lasting partnerships with donors and members of the community to create a stronger, healthier and more equitable Minnesota.

Before joining the Foundations, Jolly was president of the Science Museum of Minnesota for a decade.

Jolly came to Saint Paul after serving as vice president and senior scientist at the Education Development Center in Massachusetts. Before that he worked as a professor and administrative leader in successive academic roles.