Tangible, Meaningful work Towards Racial Equity in Vermont

Excellent work and opportunities are happening in Vermont towards increasing racial equity and a diverse future. This is an important moment in time and Vermont history. Your voice and participation are needed! 

White privilege doesn’t mean your life hasn’t been hard. It means that your skin color isn’t one of the things making it harder.
— Kim WhyNot @kimblackproud - via Twitter

Sense of Place – Call for Artists  

The Clemmons Family Farm

Call for Artist Proposals for Multicultural Community Building through African-American/African Diaspora Visual, Culinary, and Performing Arts

About the project: The A Sense of Place project uses art and place to build a loving and enriching multicultural community of friends, neighbors and visitors. We bring people together across differences of race, culture, national origin, language and religion. We then work to transform these differences into opportunities for people to learn, celebrate and commune in a unique setting that is welcoming, inspiring and deeply meaningful: the Clemmons Family Farm, one of the 0.4% of farms in the United States that is African-American owned. The A Sense of Place project’s goal is to improve mental health, physical health and social well being through creative placemaking with African-American and African diaspora arts and culture programming.The project is funded in large part by ArtPlace America through a creative placemaking grant (2018-2020). It is led by the Clemmons Family Farm and its partners, with Burlington City Arts Foundation as the fiscal agent of the grant funds.

The “African Diaspora” is a term used to describe people of African descent who have migrated and settled around the globe, bringing the traditions, arts and cultures originating in Africa to form new communities in North America, South America, the Carribean, and other parts of the world. About the Clemmons Family Farm: Located in Charlotte, Vermont near beautiful Lake Champlain, the Clemmons Family Farm is one of the largest African-American-owned historic farms in Vermont today. The farm includes 6 historic buildings (circa late 1700s-1800s), a spacious 1990’s residence, and 148 acres of prime farmland and forests, ponds and streams abundant with wildlife. It has been owned by Jack and Lydia Clemmons since 1962.The historic Barn House on the Clemmons Family Farm offers an indoor venue for the arts for small community gatherings (maximum of 40 people). Meanwhile, the natural amphitheater offers an outdoor venue for the arts for larger community gatherings (between 50 – 100 people). The natural amphitheater has a slope and lawns where community members can sit on blankets or lawn chairs, and a large mown lawn where performances can take place. You can learn more about the places on the Clemmons Family Farm at this link:http://www.clemmonsfamilyfarm.org/our-plans-for-the-center.html 

The A Sense of Place project invites artist proposals for our Fall 2018 program (September 1 – October 30, 2018) in any of the four categories below. All proposals must include a description of how the art will engage residents and help build a multicultural community. The proposal deadline is Monday, August 13, 2018 at 11:59 p.m.  Artists must be residents of the following Vermont communities: Charlotte, Shelburne, Hinesburg, South Burlington, Burlington or Winooski.

http://www.clemmonsfamilyfarm.org/call4artists.html


Vermont State Government Racial Equity Advisory Panel

This year the Legislature passed a bill to promote racial justice reform throughout the State by mitigating systemic racism in all systems of State government and creating a culture of inclusiveness. To support this work a Racial Equity Advisory Panel is being created. The Panel will consist of five members from diverse backgrounds who represent the interests of communities of color throughout the State and have experience working to implement racial justice reform.

We invite you to share this information and encourage qualified individuals to submit a letter of interest, outlining their experience working on racial justice reform, and their resume no later than August 3, 2018. 

One of the first tasks of the Panel will be to solicit and review applications and make a recommendation to the Governor of candidate/s qualified to be the Executive Director of Racial Equity in Vermont.

You can find additional details on the bill and the role and responsibility of the Racial Equity Advisory Panel here.

The timeline for establishing the Advisory Panel is short - the five members need to be appointed by September 1.   The bill states: "Members shall be drawn from diverse backgrounds to represent the interests of communities of color throughout the State, have experience working to implement racial justice reform and, to the extent possible, represent geographically diverse areas of the State."   The five entities who will make those appointments are:

The Human Rights Commission - karen.richards@vermont.gov

Chief Justice Reiber of the Supreme Court - 802 828 3278

Speaker of the House Mitzi Johnson - mjohnson@leg.state.vt.us

Governor Scott - http://governor.vermont.gov/contact-us/message

Senate Committee on Committees (consists of Lt. Gov. Zuckerman, Senate Pro Tem Ashe, and Senator Mazza) - tashe@leg.state.vt.us


2018 Vermont Vision for A Multicultural Future Conference registration is open!

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Vermont Partnership for Fairness and Diversity and the World Learning School for International Training Graduate Institute are proud to announce the opening of participant registrations for the 7th Annual Vermont Vision for a Multicultural Future Conference, which will take place on Thursday, November 1, 2018, and Friday, November 2, 2018, in the in the Stephen and Nita Lowey International Center at the SIT Graduate Institute in Brattleboro, VT.

The Vermont Vision for a Multicultural Future Conference is a two-day, full participation conference, during which the participants create the agenda for the conference in real time. The nature of the conference requires that participants commit to full participation and full attendance both days, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

To register for the conference, please visit the Vermont Partnership for Fairness and Diversity website conference registration page:

https://vermontpartnership.org/events/2018-vermont-vision-for-a-multicultural-future-conference/

 

 

 

Kiah Morris