Shifting Power Dynamics to Work Equitably

Thursday, June 14, 3:40 pm - 5:20 pm

Following on the presentation of examples and models, join this interactive panel led by Animating Democracy co-director Barbara Schaffer Bacon on the core challenge of unequal power dynamics that are present in almost all components of investment (and in basically everything we do), and how to begin to address and overcome them.

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Presenters
Caroline Taiwo
Economic Opportunity Program Director
Springboard for the Arts
Minneapolis, Minnesota
@carolinetaiwo


Caroline Taiwo is the Economic Opportunity Program Director at Springboard for the Arts and leads the work to create more equitable funding solutions to under-resourced artists in the U.S. Caroline oversees a partnership with Kiva U.S. to offer low barrier and crowd-funded loans to creative entrepreneurs and artist-run businesses in the U.S. Recently, she piloted the 20/20 Artist Fellowship program to award artists of color and indigenous artists who are creating tools and pathways for other artists in the industry. Caroline has a background in digital storytelling and currently manages the Arts + Culture section of the Twin Cities Daily Planet. Previously she worked in Inclusion and Community Impact at American Public Media and sat on the Healthy States advisory panel at Minnesota Public Radio. Caroline studied at Howard University and holds a B.A. from Hamline University.

Libby Barbee
Manager of Art and Grant-Making
RedLine Contemporary Art Center
Denver, Colorado

In search of a profession that would allow her to dabble as a philosopher, geographer, naturalist, anthropologist, writer and explorer of everything, Libby settled on a career in the arts, receiving a MFA in Interdisciplinary Art from Maryland Institute College of Art. Libby believes that culture and the arts are integral to the creation of strong and equitable communities, and strives to realize creative solutions to important problems by supporting artists and creatives. When not supporting artists and grantees through her work at RedLine, Libby can be found in her studio where she creates artwork that explores the relationship between nature and culture.

Barbara Schaffer Bacon
Co-Director Animating Democracy
Americans for the Arts
Belchertown, Massachusetts

Barbara Schaffer Bacon co-directs Animating Democracy, a program of Americans for the Arts that inspires, informs, promotes, and connects arts and culture as potent contributors to community, civic, and social change. Additionally, she contributes to Local Arts Advancement work at Americans for the Arts. Barbara has written, edited, and contributed to many publications including Trend or Tipping Point: Arts & Social Change Grantmaking; Civic Dialogue, Arts & Culture: Findings from Animating Democracy; Case Studies from Animating Democracy; Animating Democracy: The Artistic Imagination as a Force for Civic Dialogue; Fundamentals of Local Arts Management; and The Cultural Planning Work Kit. A consultant in program design and evaluation, Barbara has served as an adviser for state and national arts agencies and private foundations. Barbara previously served as executive director of the Arts Extension Service at the University of Massachusetts. She is president of the Arts Extension Institute, Inc. and a board member for WomenArts. Barbara served for 14 years on the Belchertown, MA School Committee.  She currently serves as a member of the Massachusetts Cultural Council.