Racial Equity in Local Arts Agencies

Saturday, June 15, 4:45 pm - 6:00 pm

Local arts agencies are leading the way in terms of equity in arts and culture. This session share findings from six case studies of LAAs doing notable work on racial equity, as well as findings related to equity from the 2018 LAA Profile.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explore promising practices that LAAs are employing to advance equity in arts and culture.
  2. Learn more about what the broad LAA field is doing, and what progress has occurred in the last 3 years.
  3. Discuss the challenges of doing equity work in arts and culture in municipal settings.


Barbara Mumby-Huerta
Director, Community Investments
San Francisco Arts Commission
San Francisco, California

Barbara Mumby-Huerta was born and raised in California’s Central Valley, where her family’s Native American heritage and work as migrant farmers greatly influenced her passion for social justice and equity issues. As Director of Community Investments at the San Francisco Arts Commission, Barbara oversees the Cultural Equity grants program, the Cultural Center Special Fund, the Arts Impact Endowment, Arts Education, and the Street Artist Licensing Program. Annually, she leads the distribution of approximately $11 million dollars to small and mid-sized arts non-profits, individual artists and teaching artists. Prior to joining SFAC, Barbara designed and implemented large-scale early childhood education initiatives and grant programs in both Alameda and Merced County through their respective First 5 organizations. She has also worked as a curator, teaching artist and visual artist working in various mediums such as textiles, metal, wood and clay.

Barbara obtained her undergraduate degrees in Native American Studies and Studio Arts from the University of California Berkeley and Master’s degrees in Museum Studies and Business Administration from the John F Kennedy University. Her research focus has been on the international repatriation of Native American cultural property in relation to healing historical trauma. She is passionate in her support for Indigenous communities in their fight for self-determination and has worked at the grass roots level around environmental and incarceration issues.