Join SJCA for our Virtual Annual Meeting on September 30th. We will introduce and ratify our new board members and discuss SJCA’s upcoming programs and initiatives as well as listen to an uplifting performance by storyteller Jackie Jonas, before hearing from guest speakers Dr. Brea Heidelberg and Ruby Lopez Harper about rebuilding and sustaining our cultural community through the lens of equity.
SJCA Membership Updates begin at 11:00 am; Feature Presentation begins at 11:25 am.
Rebuilding our organizations with an equity lens will be key to the sustainability of the South Jersey cultural community. How do we ensure that this work continues in the era of COVID-19? In light of a heightened focus on racial justice in the aftermath of the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and others, how do we ensure that our organizations become anti-racist. Join this session, led by equity experts Dr. Brea Heidelberg and Ruby Lopez Harper.
Dr. Brea M. Heidelberg is an arts management educator, consultant, and researcher focusing on the intersection of the arts and other fields of study. She joined the Entertainment & Arts Management faculty of Drexel University in 2017 and currently serves as Program Director. She is also on the editorial board of the American Journal of Arts Management. Dr. Heidelberg is a contributor to the recently published Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Performing Arts Workforce. Her current research interests involve the professionalization of the field of arts management, the training and development of arts managers, and management issues unique to small and midsized nonprofit arts organizations. Dr. Heidelberg’s consulting work focuses on human resources issues in the nonprofit arts, particularly issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Ruby Lopez Harper is the Senior Director of Local Arts Advancement for Americans for the Arts. Her portfolio includes leading field education efforts centered in equitable practice, leadership development, local arts advancement, disaster preparedness and emergency response and community building for the arts agency field, arts and culture administrators, and arts marketers. She is the chief architect of the National Arts Marketing Project Conference, leads AFTA’s Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Network and the Leadership Forum program that produces affinity-based leadership development programs. She is a mentor for the Arts Administrators of Color Network. Ruby’s work has focused on equitable access, grantmaking, supporting individual artists, community development, economic development, cultural tourism, marketing, disaster preparedness and emergency response, and public art.