NAACBoston Panel Series

NAACBoston’s 2024 program is themed around Sustainability, building on the lessons from the 2019-2023 mentorship/sponsorship programs to address the ever-changing needs of BIPOC arts administrators as we continue to navigate the pandemics of racism and COVID-19. This year’s program will include workshops and tools centered on responsibly maintaining personal and professional momentum while avoiding burnout and other pitfalls of working in the demanding and ever-changing arts sector.

Mentor/Sponsorship Program Panels

January – June 2024

These programs are open to all. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Upcoming Panels:

June 26, 2024

Panel 6: The Invisible Dancer

With Lumyr Derisier (Dancer, Photographer), Ashton “StiggityStackz” Lites, Elisabeth Lister

June 26, 2024, 6:30-8 PM, The Foundry, 101 Rogers St, Cambridge, MA

May 15, 2024

Panel 5: Understanding Stress Responses and Closing the Stress Cycle

With Meena Malik

May 15, 2024, 6:30-8PM, Online

April 17, 2024

Panel 4: Tale of Two Centers

With Connie Chin (Global Arts Live) and Diana Navarrete-Rackauckas (The Foundry)

April 17, 2024, 6:30-8 PM, The Loop Lab, 45 Temple Pl, Boston, MA

Mar 20, 2024

Panel 3: Equitable Budgeting for the Future

March 20, 2024, 6:30-8 PM, The Loop Lab, 45 Temple Pl, Boston, MA

Feb 21, 2024

Panel 2: Creating your Social Impact Story

February 21, 2024, 6:30-8 PM, The Loop Lab, 45 Temple Pl, Boston, MA

Jan 17, 2024

Panel 1: Creating and Sustaining an Inclusive Community

6:30-8 PM, Grub Street, 50 Liberty Drive Suite 500, Boston, MA 02210

2022/23 Program Schedule & events

May 17, 2023

Mentor/Sponsorship 3.0 Closing Celebration!

The Cinegroove, 350 Newbury St, Boston

April 19, 2023

Creating Art for Unconventional Spaces

A conversation around making public art outside of traditional insitutional spaces, both metaphorically and literally!

Partner Orgs: Boston Children’s Chorus

Panelists: SuperSobek, Sneha “Imagine” Shrestha and Kenny Mascary

March 15, 2023

Building Equitable Budgets

Welcome all members to engage with us on March 15th for an interactive workshop covering how to build an organizational budget while keeping in consideration anti-racist practices.

Partner Orgs: PAO Arts Center

Guest Speaker: Karthik Subramanian

Feb 16, 2023

How to Be A Sustainable Artist in 2023

An interactive workshop, covering tangible strategies and tactics for plugging in as a Boston artist no matter your discipline. Come join this session for creatives and culture bearers on managing, promoting, and safeguarding our practices. Let’s share and exchange best practices on resources to maintain forward momentum for ourselves and as a collective.

Partner Orgs: Boston Childrens Chorus

Guest Speaker: Ngoc-Tran Vu

Jan 18, 2023

Creating Accessible Art

A panel discussion on how we as arts administrators can make more accessible art for all!

Partner Orgs: Boston Childrens Chorus

Panelists: Chris Robinson and Ellice Patterson

Dec 21, 2022

Producing and Managing a BIPOC Dance Company
A conversation with dancer and choreographer LaTarsha Barnes about the logistics of performing and managing a BIPOC dance company and how she integrates her cultural heritage into her work.

Partner Orgs: Celebrity Series of Boston

Guest Speaker: Dancer, LaTarsha Barnes, and moderated by Aysha Upchurch

Nov 16, 2022

What is an Arts Administrator?
A panel conversation about the role of arts administration in the arts and the many shapes and forms it can take.

Partner Orgs: PAO Arts Center

Panelists: Malik Williams, Jasmine Garcia, and Dawn M. Simmons

NAAC Boston was created to support self-identifying arts administrators of color, such as Asian American, African American, Native American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander, Latin American, and multiracial individuals. The Network is open to individuals working in a full-time or part-time capacity at non-profit or for-profit arts and culture organizations in Greater Boston, as well as freelancers and consultants.