SJCA Stands for Racial Justice

The South Jersey Cultural Alliance, as an organization, is invested in the full expression of humanity through arts, culture, and history. We are committed to challenging and dismantling the historical and ongoing systems of racism and oppression in which we operate. It is clear that a serious reckoning with the systemic racism in our industry, and the exclusionary barriers to enter it, is long overdue and SJCA is ready to make the long-term commitment to working toward a more equitable and inclusive South Jersey cultural community.

Change starts with each of us as individuals and as organizations educating ourselves about racism and equality.  SJCA has begun taking steps to do the hard work of looking internally at ourselves, our programs, and systems through the lens of racism.  We will encourage and support our cultural community to do the same. One way we are approaching these changes is by joining the Change Network, an international cohort of OfByForAll.org, which provides us with tools to help connect with underrepresented cultural groups and work collaboratively toward positive change.

We are working with diverse individuals and groups throughout our region, such as the New Jersey Arts and Culture Administrators of Color, to help identify ways we can evaluate and amend our programs and processes to align with the self-expressed needs of underrepresented communities. To learn more about how to join the NJACAC, please contact Deonté Griffin-Quick at dgriffin-quick@njtheatrealliance.org.

Donate to NJ Arts Administrators of Color: https://www.gofundme.com/f/artsleadersfund

South Jersey Cultural Alliance respects, values, and celebrates the unique attributes, characteristics, and perspectives of ALL people. Our strength lies in the diversity of the broad range of artists, arts and cultural institutions, and communities that make up South Jersey. We consider diversity and inclusion a driver of organizational excellence and seek out diversity of participation, thought, and action. Leading by example, we hope that these core values are reflected and embraced by our members, partners, staff, and board.

 

RESOURCES TO SUPPORT THE WORK OF INCLUSION

ASSESS HIDDEN BIASES USING THE IMPLICIT ASSOCIATION TEST

This test designed to explore the topic of implicit associations by allowing testers to assess their hidden biases using the Implicit Association Test (IAT). The IAT is based on thousands of experiments that document how subconscious, information-processing patterns can result in interpersonal biases and broader societal inequities. The developers are professors at Harvard University, the University of Virginia, and Yale University.

To take the test, visit this website: https://implicit.harvard.edu

Follow the links to the “Project Implicit Social Attitudes” page. Agree to proceed with the Demonstrations. (You may complete the tests anonymously using the “guest” access option.)

https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/takeatest.html

 

“FOR OUR WHITE FRIENDS DESIRING TO BE ALLIES” (By COURTNEY ARIEL)

Information to educate yourself about systematic racism in this country.

https://sojo.net/articles/our-white-friends-desiring-be-allies?fbclid=IwAR0RAdACFv73uPFcLj0TBnQHF_vWVFRM3NmR6dBYNpPQRLeMDvPcDOcPyFc

 

CROWD-SOURCED RESOURCES FOR ANTI-RACIST ACTION 

https://docs.google.com/document/d/13Q3asua1tpQODPJiTXqN_ERJFBlBn7g2oCHzX3o2Ab4/mobilebasic  (provided by Deonté Griffin-Quick, New Jersey Theatre Alliance, Manager of Programs and Services)

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1BRlF2_zhNe86SGgHa6-VlBO-QgirITwCTugSfKie5Fs/preview?fbclid=IwAR0f6e8lVS8Yokddd7kj0roAvH0i-wIh7_VaYtvvtZ73_Ur4cVjBH9BYlb8&pru=AAABcsLnUnI*QHzVPgJvzX4TQJhIdmwouQ

 

“ANTI-RACISM RESOURCES FOR WHITE PEOPLE” SCAFFOLDING ANTI-RACISM RESOURCES

“Anti-racism Resources for White People” are working documents for scaffolding anti-racism resources. The goal is to facilitate growth for white people to become allies and eventually accomplices for anti-racist work. The document provides a wealth of links to everything from videos to organizations can be found at this resource. This also includes resources for parents.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1PrAq4iBNb4nVIcTsLcNlW8zjaQXBLkWayL8EaPlh0bc/preview?fbclid=IwAR3vW8uNyIkakG8VEvi2_F9PDL0XNAflNrab225m33WTLwe4JEjzn36vGFA&pru=AAABcsLYNZo*NkNqJGbi4q3TIcpuu5yOnw

 

ANTIRACIST RESOURCES FOR SMALL BUSINESSES TO FURTHER RACIAL JUSTICE (Honeybook.com)

A resource for small businesses and individuals. Recommendations for what to read, where to buy,, what to watch, where to donate, how to get involved and more.

https://www.honeybook.com/risingtide/antiracist-resources-for-small-businesses

 

RESOURCES FROM THE AMERICAN ALLIANCE OF MUSEUMS

Access and read articles from across the field that highlight the issues of Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion.

  • Need practical tips and tools to advance your work on Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion? Check-out our DEAI Resource Page from the Information Center.

 

RESOURCES FROM THE SMITHSONIAN’S NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY AND CULTURE

  • Talking About Race, a new online portal designed to help individuals, families, and communities talk about racism, racial identity, and the way these forces shape every aspect of society, from the economy and politics to the broader American culture. The online portal provides digital tools, online exercises, video instructions, scholarly articles and more than 100 multi-media resources tailored for educators, parents, and caregivers—and individuals committed to racial equality.

 

RESOURCES FROM THE GERALDINE DODGE FOUNDATION