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Engage.Next 6.0 Conference: Best Practices in Access, Inclusion, and Equity

  • School of Arts and Culture at MHP 1700 Alum Rock Avenue San Jose, CA, 95116 United States (map)

Engage.Next 6.0

Best Practices in Access, Inclusion, and Equity

The breadth of diversity of our communities makes creating organizations that are inviting and inclusive of many cultures, generations, and perspectives essential yet complex. To thrive and to create relevant programming, local arts groups and artists look to focus efforts on expanding audience engagement, diversifying stakeholder communities, and increasing access to programs. The 2019 Engage.Next Conference will offer models and host conversations about ways to increase access and participation by diverse communities in the arts. 

From broad topics like national trends in building equity, to helpful tips on diversifying boards, this conference will be of interest to small and large arts organizations, individual artists, and volunteers in the arts.


  • Keynote: A vision of arts organizations that are OF their communities. Co-created BY their communities. Welcoming FOR their communities by Nina Simon, ED of the Museum of Arts & History in Santa Cruz and author of The Participatory Museum and The Art of Relevance, and founder of the OF/BY/FOR ALL movement.

Working Sessions:

  • OF: Board & Staff diversity - a panel discussion with Josephine Ramirez, Joanne Sanchez, Anjee Helstrup-Alvarez, and Demone Carter

  • BY: Partner Power - a workshop with Lauren Benetua, OF/BY/FOR ALL Community Catalyst and arts advocate

  • FOR: Audience engagement and inclusion - a panel discussion with Warren Williams, Oakland Symphony and others

Cost: $35 (includes lunch)
*Due to the generosity of our sponsors, we're able to offer this extraordinary event at an affordable price.

Scholarships are available, please contact Alyssa Erickson,

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Presented by SVCREATES and City of San Jose’s Office of Cultural Affairs with additional support from Applied Materials and the County of Santa Clara