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.

Kate Barr
President & CEO
Propel Nonprofits
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Kate Barr is the President and CEO of Propel Nonprofits, a Minneapolis-based nonprofit whose mission is to fuel the impact and effectiveness of nonprofits with guidance, expertise, and capital. Propel works with nonprofits in all fields of service including arts & culture, education, human services, community development, health care, and affordable housing. Kate leads Propel’s team in developing and implementing innovative financing and programming and works with the board of directors to direct organizational planning and growth. She frequently presents workshops and presentations on nonprofit strategy and finance and is a sector level leader with articles, blogs, and policy papers. Prior to joining the organization in 2000, Kate was Senior Vice President of Riverside Bank in Minneapolis with a wide portfolio of strategic and business responsibilities. She began her professional life as business manager of a performing arts nonprofit. Kate holds an MA in Leadership from Hamline University. She is on the adjunct faculty the University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs. She is an alumnus of the Humphrey School’s Policy Fellows Program and the Shannon Institute. She currently serves on the boards of Borealis Philanthropy and the Jerome and Camargo Foundations.

Kathy Mouacheupao
Executive Director
Metropolitan Regional Arts Council
St. Paul, Minnesota

Kathy Mouacheupao is the Executive Director for the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council located in Saint Paul and serving the 7-county metropolitan area.  She values art as an expression of culture, and culture as an expression of people and communities.

Most recently Kathy served as Program Officer for Creative Placemaking with the Twin Cities Local Initiatives Support Corporation (TC LISC) and before that she served as the Executive Director of the Center for Hmong Arts and Talent (CHAT). She was a 2016 Roy Wilkins Fellow and a 2011 Bush Leadership Fellow. Currently, she is a co-chair for the Asian American/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy MN Chapter and is a member of the Saint Paul Planning Commission and the Coalition of Asian American Leaders (CAAL).

Arleta Little
Program Officer and Director of Artist Fellowships
McKnight Foundation
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Arleta Little is a multi-disciplinary cultural worker, artist, organizer, arts administrator, nonprofit consultant, and grantmaker. She serves as Arts Program Officer and Director of Artist Fellowships at the McKnight Foundation, a family foundation based in Minnesota which believes that Minnesota thrives when its artists thrive and invests nearly $9 million each year in support of working artists throughout Minnesota.

Arleta Little has worked in the nonprofit sector for two decades, including eight years as executive director of the Givens Foundation for African American Literature in Minneapolis. She was also president of Organizational Development Services, Inc., where she provided strategic planning, grant writing, and program evaluation services across sectors to more than 30 organizations in Minnesota. Arleta Little has a bachelor’s degree in English from Pennsylvania State University, and master’s degrees both in social work and in public affairs, with an emphasis on public and nonprofit leadership and management. She is a published author and currently serves on the boards of Grantmakers in the Arts and Headwaters Foundation for Justice.