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.