Using the Arts to Support DEI Work in the Private Sector

Friday, June 15, 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Even as the arts sector continues to move toward greater diversity, equity, and inclusion, it is important to recognize the great opportunity offered to other sectors--including business--of arts and culture as a method of training employees to be more equitable. In this workshop, learn more about encouraging arts-business partnerships to train private sector employees on core DEI skills.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explore example projects where arts and culture has been used to train private sector employees on DEI issues.
  2. Map a private sector/DEI partnership plan for your own community and work to position yourself for success.
  3. Learn the important terminology and vocabulary necessary to engage private businesses as clients for arts-based DEI work.


 Our thanks to Aetna for its support of Using the Arts to Support DEI Work in the Private Sector


Dara Silver
Senior Administrative Assistant, Special Projects, Grant Program Manager
The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County
Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Dara Silver is the Senior Administrative Assistant, Special Projects, and Grant Program Manager at The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, where she has worked for the past 8 years. She assists the President & CEO and provides support for the Board of Trustees, in addition to overseeing 9 grant and target initiative programs that make over 100 awards totaling $1.2 million. Special projects she has worked on include American for the Arts’ Arts and Economic Prosperity Study 5, City of Winston-Salem & Forsyth County’s Public Art Commission, City of Winston-Salem’s STAR Community Program, and Family Services’ Family Violence Prevention Initiative.

In 2015, she received the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Young Dreamers’ Award from the City of Winston-Salem’s Human Relations Commission for her efforts in making a more inclusive arts community. This work includes reaching out to historically underserved parts of the community and non-traditional partners to ensure that Arts Council grant applicants and panelists mirror those of the whole community.

Dara earned her MPA from Appalachian State University, BA in Anthropology and Art History from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University.  She currently resides in Winston-Salem with her husband Mike Silver, Deputy Commissioner with the NC Industrial Commission, and their daughter, Miriam. Dara was born in Lima, Peru and raised in Fayetteville, NC.

Endia Beal
Director of Diggs Gallery
Winston-Salem State University
Winston Salem, North Carolina

Endia Beal is a North Carolina based artist, educator and activist, who is internationally known for her photographic narratives and video testimonies that examine the personal, yet contemporary stories of women of color working within the corporate space. Beal currently serves as the Director of Diggs Gallery and Assistant Professor of Art at Winston-Salem State University.