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Conference focuses on diversity within the arts

Rochester Business Journal
July 25, 2014

Local non-profit leaders gathered Thursday for a conference addressing diversity within the arts. Organizers hope it will lead to more inclusiveness in the field.

The one-day symposium, Diversity in the Arts: A Call to Action in ROC, was produced by the 21st Century Arts in collaboration with PeaceArt International and Rochester Institute of Technology.

The event included expert speakers addressing why diversity is important to their respective fields and why these also apply to the arts and cultural sector as a whole, organizers noted. It included a keynote address from Aaron Dworkin, founder and president at Sphinx Organization and President Barack Obama’s first appointee to the National Council of the Arts.

“An event like the Diversity in the Arts: A Call to Action in ROC symposium raises many issues around diversity in the arts and cultural sector of our community,” said Thomas Warfield, artistic director of PeaceArt International. “This discussion is long overdue and an important addition to our ongoing conversation on race and pluralism. My hope is that the symposium inspires intentional action, which leads to more inclusiveness in the field.”

The event took place at RIT.

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