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Creating Equitable Partnerships

Monday, March 2 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

No cost to participate


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This workshop is designed for leaders who want to create healthy and sustainable partnerships with artists, community organizations, and organizational stakeholders. Whether you are an artist service organization partnering with individual artists or an organization that serves a large network—it is critical to consider ways to thoughtfully partner within cultural work. The workshop is created to understand the components needed to equitably create partnerships and collaborations. We will explore a variety of examples that look at how best to engage in the creative process together. We will address tools and practical approaches to bringing artists, community members and stakeholders to organizational decision-making conversations. We will begin to understand all the complexities that intersect and impact the collaborative work of partnerships.

Presented by Shannon Brunette, Founder and Management Consultant of Office of Cultural Work.
Shannon is a leader in nonprofit management and philanthropy, working at the intersection of art and social change with individual artists, nonprofits, and creative entrepreneurs. Organizations with which Shannon has held leadership positions have been Penumbra Theatre, Walker Art Center, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Blue Man Group, and Lambent Foundation. The Office of Cultural Work (OCW) is a management expert with social justice values focused on developing personal freedoms to connect, heal, share skills and build a just and inspired cultural life for all. OCW believes in the power of art to heal communities and bring about joyful connections. OCW’s management partnerships have included, individual artists such as Seitu Jones and Jefferson Pinder as well as organizations such as New York Foundation for the Arts, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and Northern Lights.mn. Furthermore, she is an art educator partnering with institutions and community organizations such as Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Saint Paul College, Wet Paint, Grand Marias Art Colony, and more. She was a 2017 recipient of the MRAC Next Step Fund award supported by the McKnight Foundation and a 2017 James P. Shannon Leadership Institute Fellow. Currently, Shannon is alumni and inaugural Board Chair of artEquity Communities.


This activity takes place at the MRAC offices. For complete details about MRAC’s access services and accommodations, please visit Accessibility at MRAC. If you would like any modifications to aid your participation in this activity, please indicate requests in the registration form (if applicable) or reach out to Scott Artley at scott@mrac.org or 651-523-6384.

Attendees to MRAC trainings should be affiliated with a group that applies to MRAC for funding or should be staff or volunteers of arts organizations in the 7-county metro area.


Monday, March 2
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
No cost to participate
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Bethany Whitehead


Metropolitan Regional Arts Council
2324 University Avenue West
St. Paul, MN 55114 United States
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