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Racial Equity, Arts and Culture

 

The Racial Equity, Arts and Culture Transdisciplinary Core functions as a collaborative network grounded in the principles of anti-racist cultural organizing and with a commitment to student-centered, community-led projects and ideas. The team’s work advances equitable access in opportunities (e.g., educational, financial, professional, etc.) among artists, cultural producers and organizations, and creates opportunities for the public to engage in arts and cultural activities that they have reason to value and/or that has potential to create social change

Transdisciplinary core team

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    • MK Abadoo, M.F.A.
    • Assistant Professor, Department of Dance and Choreography, School of the Arts
    • Abadoo is a choreographer and cultural organizer who will expand upon a new, intergenerational dance theater work of womanist space-making, support local efforts to advance the progress of African American women and girls, and conduct research to restructure pedagogical practice within a racial equity framework.

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    • Paul Rucker
    • Curator for Creative Collaboration, Dean's Office, School of the Arts
    • Rucker is a visual artist, composer and musician who will employ a research-based approach to discover untold stories about institutional and structural racism in Richmond. His work will include a new installation in the ICA's inaugural exhibition and a start-up project carried out in collaboration with VCU students and formerly incarcerated individuals.

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    • Amber Esseiva, M.A.
    • Assistant Curator, Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU
    • Esseiva is a key member of the curatorial team and is responsible for developing programing alongside ICA's chief curator and director. She is dedicated to creating a platform for emerging and mid-career artists.

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    • Chioke I'Anson, Ph.D.
    • Assistant Professor, Department of African American Studies, College of Humanities and Sciences
    • I'Anson assists with the recruitment and coordination of local partners.

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    • Lea Marshall, M.F.A.
    • Associate Chair of the Department of Dance and Choreography, School of the Arts
    • Marshall is an arts writer, critic, poet, and researcher with a commitment to social justice and deep ties within the Richmond arts community.

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