New Policy Mechanisms to Further Equity

Saturday, June 15, 1:45 pm - 3:00 pm

Inclusion riders, community benefit agreements, artists rights—there are new ways of using policy in the pursuit of equity, but implementation can be murky. In this open dialogue, hear more about these mechanisms, and discuss how they can work for you.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn more about inclusion riders and how they can be mechanisms for equal pay and representation.
  2. Talk about community benefit agreements and other ways to ensure that a community's needs are considered as strongly as any other point of view.
  3. Explore the challenges of artists rights, copyright, and the careful balance required when working for a government agency or organization.


Luke Blackadar
Director of Legal Services
Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston
Boston, Massachusetts

As Director of Legal Services, Luke manages the Arts & Business Council’s Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts and Patent Pro Bono programs. As a visual artist and intellectual property attorney, he is passionate about serving small businesses and creatives. Luke has extensive experience counseling start-ups and creatives around the country in trademark, copyright, and business law matters. Previously, Luke was a business litigation associate at Donovan Hatem, LLP, and during law school he completed co-ops with the Cyber Crime and Intellectual Property Unit of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts, former Chief Justice Ireland of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, and Prince Lobel Tye, LLP.  He regularly speaks on intellectual property and business law issues, giving presentations for organizations such as AIGA Boston, Boston SCORE, and  He is a member of the Boston Bar Association, where he serves on the Solo & Small Firm Section steering committee.  Luke is a graduate of Clark University and Northeastern University School of Law.  In his spare time, he enjoys drawing, running, reading, and playing video games.

Sarah Rucker
Full Gallop
Austin, Texas

Sarah is a lifelong arts advocate with over 12 years of experience in arts research, programming and presenting. She is the founder of Full Gallop, which offers event production, community engagement and artist consulting services. Full Gallop strives to bridge cultures and connect communities through creative collaborations and programs. She has a personal mission to help increase equity in the arts, especially in Austin, where she recently started the Inclusion Riders Initiative ATX.

Joe Smoke
Grants Administration Division Director
City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs
Los Angeles, California

Joe Smoke is a senior executive with the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, where he has worked for the past 20 years facilitating grant-investments to approximately 340 annual grantees who produce more than 1200 free and low-cost public activities/events each cycle. In addition, Joe has been an active history professor in Southern California, researcher, and writer (at five universities in the past 26 years). His knowledge-box is best described as: the creative arts, cultural studies, community services, and civic society.

Mr. Smoke received his bachelor’s degree in art & archaeology (specializing in the world history of photography, with a secondary emphasis on American studies) from Princeton University in 1987. He completed his graduate studies in media theory & practice at UCLA in 1992. 

In his spare time he is either: a gardener, a traveler, or a designer of men’s and women’s jewelry, depending upon the mood.

Nina Sanchez
Enrich Chicago
Chicago, Illinois

Nina D. Sánchez, Director of Enrich Chicago, collaborates with a collective of 31 arts and philanthropic institutions working to end systemic racism in the arts. She has served in a variety of capacities within multicultural leadership initiatives, direct-service, and education sectors, building anti-racism frameworks, disrupting systemic inequity at its core, and mobilizing strategic plans into meaningful programs, opportunities, and institutional/individual actions. She leverages her strengths of strategy, ideation, and assessment to be an active voice for effective policies and systemic interventions that support increased racial equity her hometown of Chicago.

Nina received her Masters of Arts in Latin American & Caribbean Studies from the University of Chicago and a BA in Anthropology and International Affairs from Colorado College. She is a 2017 Surge Institute Fellow and serves on the board of directors of the Chicago Foundation for Women.