Leading ChangeMakers seeks to achieve racial equity in nonprofit arts leadership through education and interventions at the individual and organizational levels. We focus on developing the authentic leadership voices of historically underrepresented peoples and establishing a more inclusive cultural sector.
Our vision is to achieve an equitable distribution of decision-making power in arts leadership and beyond by bridging personal, professional, and organizational development as tools to affect systemic change.
We believe that the nonprofit arts and cultural sector as a system can advance when all if its stakeholders are supported to acknowledge the ways that institutional structures were built on power inequalities, and can create space for the inclusive representation of the cultural workforce across race, gender, class, and education status.
Anthony Meyers, Impact Venture Lab Pitch Night, 2018 - The New School
Photo Credit: Jen van der Meer
Leading ChangeMakers started because of my own professional and personal journey in the nonprofit arts and cultural sector of New York City, and my experiences around access and barriers to leadership pathways. Over time, I realized that these experiences were not only my own, and that there are opportunities to examine and address the challenges of achieving inclusive and diverse leadership on a structural level. Our initial goal was to focus on training arts administrators of color on leadership development that was sensitive to positions of power and social identities that are at the margins. As the Leading ChangeMakers team grew, we knew that our work must include interventions within organizations and the ecosystems that they operate in. -Anthony D. Meyers