Racial Equity Arts Lab


 Learning Cohort Program

Racial Equity Arts Lab (REAL) Learning Cohort for arts and cultural organizations is a free series of sessions designed to give organizations a foundational understanding of how to move towards becoming more human-centered and anti-racist organizations. Participants will have the opportunity to assess where their organization is at on their journey and develop strategies to move forward towards greater racial equity. Sessions will include collaborative learning activities, training presentations, discussion, technical assistance and coaching.


Cohort Schedule

Five Tuesdays: May 4, May 25, June 15, July 6, and September date TBD, 2021

10am – 12noon (Arizona time)

Participants are also asked to do homework between sessions for a total of 10 hours of online sessions and 20 hours of work between sessions, equaling 2 hours per week over three months.


Cohort Participants

There is space for 12 – 16 organizations depending on the number of participants per organization. 

Organizations are asked to send two to three representatives from different areas of the agency (e.g. human resources, education, artistic production, board, etc.) including at least one organizational decision-maker in a leadership position with the authority to implement changes and hold all areas of the organization accountable (e.g. an executive director, artistic director, managing director, chief financial officer, etc.). If you are a small organization with only a one-person staff, please reach out and let us know.

Cohort participation is limited to those who attended (or later viewed) either or both of the racial equity workshops presented in February.


Curriculum Overview

  1. Build relationship and trust
  2. Review racial equity assessment tools
  3. Create a Human-centered workplace and core values
  4. Gain an understanding of racial equity core values
  5. Evolve towards more anti-racist work practices
  6. Develop a plan of action to move forward​​

Interested organizations can complete the form linked below to express their interest in participating and their capacity to commit to the program. The form is open through Monday, April 5. Organizations will be notified by Monday, April 12.​​

 ‭(Hidden)‬ Interest Form

REAL Learning Cohort Interest Form
Form open through Monday, April 5.

 Cohort Facilitator


Kathy Hsieh is the Cultural Partnerships and Grants Manager for the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture. A change agent in transforming the City's arts funding program through an anti-racist lens, she helped the agency earn the Seattle Management Association's first Race & Social Justice Management Award. A leader with the City's nationally recognized Race & Social Justice Initiative, she regularly presents for numerous North American forums on racial equity in grant making. Kathy is also a theatre artist and award-winning actor, playwright, director and producer with a special focus on work that creates visibility and opportunities for, and highlights the talent and contributions of, artists of color. She has been honored by the National Association of Asian American Professionals in Seattle as their Artist of the Year, by Verizon’s Asian Pacific American Bash's Innovator Award, an International Examiner Community Voice Award in the Arts, a Gregory Award for Sustained Achievement, and a Seattle Chinese American Citizens Alliance’s Fred Yee Citizens Award.​