The Durham Art Guild will 'paint' privilege Thursday night

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Cynelsa Broderick is an artist and illustrator, plus board member at the Durham Art Guild.

“You cannot solve a problem with the same consciousness that created it.”

Cynelsa Broderick

These words, originally from Albert Einstein, were spoken at Organizing Against Racism’s (OAR) Racial Equity Institute (REI) training, an intense two-day workshop that board members of the Durham Art Guild have attended.

One problem that we have noticed is a lack of diversity within our membership. We are looking to solve this through a strategic push to improve access, inclusion and equity. The Equity Committee was formed with this mission and is teaming up with DAG’s Membership Services Committee to host Painting Our Privilege on Thursday, June 8 at Golden Belt Studios. The free event is 6:30 to 8 p.m., and artists and non-artists are welcome.

Our conversation will be facilitated by Alexa Sykes, a diversity consultant at the Equity Paradigm. Before the conversation, attendees will quietly mingle and visit seven painting stations around the room that are each labeled as its own system of oppression or privilege. The stations include a list of statements each participant will read. If they can answer “yes” to an item stated on the list, they’ll mark a tally on the card provided to them. Each mark will count as a brushstroke to the canvas at the station. The idea is to literally “paint” privilege.

Painting Our Privilege aims to explore ways that we personally and collectively experience privileges based on our membership in social identity groups in the United States. How does awareness of these privileges affect how we navigate daily, and how can we use our privileges for good?

The event is sold out, but please go to Eventbrite to join our waiting list and to be contacted about our next event.

Painting Our Privilege

Who: Durham Art Guild’s Equity and Membership Committees
What: Painting Our Privilege, RSVP here
When: Thursday, June 8, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Where: Golden Belt Studios, Building 3, 807 E. Main Street Durham, NC
Why: We are bringing members of the arts community together for a painting activity and open dialogue about privilege and how it shapes our individual lives as well as how our organizations operate


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