Activate Equity 2019

Event Date: 
Saturday, February 2, 2019 - 10:00am
Event Location: 

El Barrio’s Artspace PS109 215 E 99th St, New York, NY 10029 (Map) 

Activate Equity brings together of a community of artists, activists, and educators who seek to disrupt the racial and social inequities in the arts & culture sector through creative solutions. The Field organizes this annual event not to center our organization in this movement, but to connect and amplify those who are doing the work. The day-long program is action-oriented, with multiple ways to engage and contribute - ultimately aiming to introduce new models, information, techniques, resources, and connections.

In a departure from previous years, Activate Equity 2019 will offer consecutive (instead of concurrent) plenary sessions. Translation: No need to choose workshops; you can attend them all!

Schedule of Events

9:30am Registration & check-in opens

10:00am Opening remarks from The Field

10:45am Keynote Address - Keynote Speaker: Lisa Dent

Lisa Dent for web.jpgLisa Dent is an advocate for living artists and cultural workers. Her background includes work in film, theatre, and the visual arts as a curator, gallerist, writer, production designer, and creative producer. She is currently the director of cultural production at Powerhouse Workshop, a contemporary arts center and fabrication facility scheduled to open in 2020. Dent was most recently the director of resources & award programs at Creative Capital (2012-2017), leading the financial and advisory services programs and advising artists towards the full realization of their projects. Prior to joining Creative Capital, Lisa was associate curator of contemporary art at the Columbus Museum of Art, where she organized exhibitions including Stephanie Syjuco: Pattern Migration, Currents: Latifa Echakhch, and Supply & Demand. Dent was a Helena Rubenstein Fellow at the Museum of Modern Art and has held curatorial staff positions at the New Museum of Contemporary Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art. She was director of the Friedrich Petzel Gallery in New York and from 2004-08 owned and managed Lisa Dent Gallery in San Francisco, where she presented the work of emerging and mid-career international artists. Dent received her BFA from Howard University, her MFA from NYU, and completed the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program in curatorial studies. She has served on several juries and committees and is currently a board member of Triple Canopy.

Lunch & Plenary Sessions - Schedule coming soon!

Price: $0-120 (Sliding Scale) The Field offers sliding scale tickets in order to make Activate Equity accessible for our artists and the greater community. Admission includes access to the full day of programming, lunch, and evening networking reception. The $120 ticket represents the full face value for the event. 
Accessibility Notice El Barrio’s Artspace PS109 is wheelchair accessible. Please email for sign language interpretation or any other considerations for you to fully participate in this program.

This program is supported in part by:

Art Works - National Endowment for the Arts logoNew York State Council on the Arts logoNYC Department of Cultural Affairs logo


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