Toward an Anti-Racist Art Ecosystem Conference Series

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s (SAIC) Toward an Anti-Racist Art Ecosystem Conference Series will convene three dialogues on anti-racism featuring art and design industry leaders from various backgrounds, including art and design education, museum practices, galleries, auction houses, practicing artists, and more. The first of the three events will take place virtually in the spring of 2021 and will focus on Chicago’s art ecosystem. In fall 2021, the series’ scope will broaden to include nationally-based leaders in the arts, and in spring 2022, internationally-based leaders.

The Toward an Anti-Racist Art Ecosystem Conference Series is generously supported by Hindman Auctions. It is free and open to the public. 

Toward an Anti-Racist Art Ecosystem in Chicago

This first event focused on SAIC’s home: Chicago. A panel of some of the city’s art and design leaders discussed the impact of segregation; bright spots in anti-racist work that can serve as guiding lights; and how we can work together to remove barriers to entry for Black, Indigenous, and people of color. You can view the entire event below. 

Moderated by Jina Valentine, SAIC associate professor of Printmedia, and featuring:

Rashawn Griffin, Practicing Artist and SAIC Visiting Professor
Kavi Gupta, Owner and Director, Kavi Gupta Gallery
Tracie D. Hall, Executive Director, American Library Association
Jeffreen M. Hayes, Ph.D, Executive Director, Threewalls
Felicia Mings, SAIC Alum, Curator, Art Gallery of York University

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Toward an Anti-Racist Art Ecosystem (National)

Fall 2021

More information on this event, including panelists and timing, will be shared closer to the date.

Toward an Anti-Racist Art Ecosystem (International)

Spring 2022

More information on this event, including panelists and timing, will be shared closer to the date.