Arts Leadership Book Club

The Arts Leadership Book Club features interdisciplinary workshops, each tied to an academic or popular book and led by a faculty member, that expand engagements with professional development, intersectionality, and equity in the arts sector such as arts leadership strategies, people of color-led ensemble work, and decolonial approaches to arts & gentrification. Hosted at Seattle University, the Book Club is influenced by the Ignatian Pedagogy Paradigm, with space for engaging experience, reflection, and action to produce a more equitable arts sector. Each session is structured with the assumption that participants have read the book (or an excerpt) prior to attending, and are interested in connections in the book to self, to arts leadership, and to change.  

All book club events take place at Seattle University. To RSVP for a book club session, contact Graduate Assistant Linnea Ingalls.

The 2019-2020 Arts Leadership Book Club Series is supported by the Endowed Mission Fund at Seattle University. Learn more about all book club texts by visiting the Arts Leadership Book Club LibGuide, hosted  on the Seattle University Lemieux Library website:

Book Club Library Guide

Upcoming Book Club Events

Ensemble-Made Chicago, by Chloe Johnston and Coya Paz Brownrigg

Sunday, February 23, 2020, 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. 

Stuart T. Rolfe Community Room, Admission & Alumni Building (ADAL), 12th and Marion, Seattle University

The Program in Arts Leadership presents Ensemble-Made Chicago: A Guide to Devised Theater, written by artists, playwrights, and authors Chloe Johnston and Coya Paz Brownrigg. The event will take place on the evening Sunday, February 23, 2020, 5 – 9pm during the Theatre Program's run of 45 Plays for 45 Presidents, a play in which Chloe Johnston co-authored.

Chloe Johnston and Coya Paz Brownrigg will engage the community in an early evening dinner discussion (from 5 to 6pm) about their careers as artists, authors, and professors and then lead an evening devising activity (6:30 to 8:30pm). Attendees are welcome to come to some or all of the event. Dinner provided.  

This Book Club event is made possible by support from the Pigott photo of Coya Paz Brownrigg and Chloe Johnston sitting at a wooden table and holding coffee mugs, smiling at the camera.Family Foundation for the Arts, Theatre Program, Endowed Mission Fund, Arts & Sciences College Events Committee, Office of Multicultural Affairs, and Pathways to Professional Formation. 

To RSVP: Email Arts Leadership Graduate Assistant, Linnea Ingalls, by Monday, February 17 to reserve your spot.  

Emergent Strategy, by adrienne maree brown

Monday, May 4, 2020, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

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The Program in Arts Leadership presents Emergent Strategy by adrienne maree brown. In partnership with the Nonprofit Leadership Program, the event will take place on Monday, May 4 from 6-8pm. Including the voices of local leaders, this workshop will help participants reflect upon the principles from brown and seek applications within their own lives, communities, and organizations.

Further details will be provided as the event approaches.  

Past Book Club Events

Headcase: LGBTQ Writers & Artists on Mental Health and Wellness, edited by authors Stephanie Schroeder and Teresa Theophano

Thursday, January 30, 2020, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Stuart T. Rolfe Community Room, Admissions and Advancement Building (ADAL), 12th and Marion, Seattle University

The Program in Arts Leadership presents Book cover for Headcase, edited by Stephanie Schroeder and Teresa Theophano. The cover depicts an abstract painting of a face with paint splatters, made with brown, blue, pink, red and yellow paint on a white background. The title headcase is in blue font.Headcase: LGBTQ Writers & Artists on Mental Health and Wellness edited by authors Stephanie Schroeder and Teresa Theophano. The book club event will take place on the evening of Thursday, January 30, 2020, from 6 p.m. to 8pm in the ADAL Stuart T. Rolfe Community Room. The event will begin with an interactive, curated panel discussion with artist Dan Paz, artist Philippe Hyojung Kim, and Psychology Professor at Seattle University Kevin Krycka. The second part of the evening will include a guided, expressive arts reflection of the text open to all attendees -- all art supplies provided; no previous art experience necessary.

Seattle University Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) will be on hand from 5:30 pm - 6:15pm with a resource table at the event. Come early to learn more.

Coffee, tea and cookies provided. This Book Club event is co-sponsored by the Endowed Mission Fund.

To RSVP:  Email Arts Leadership Graduate Assistant, Linnea Ingalls, by Monday, January 27 to reserve your spot.

Just Mercy (Adapted for Young Adults) by Bryan Stevenson

Thursday, October 3, 2019, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. 

Hedreen Gallery

Featuring Creative Justice Youth Leaders with support from mentors Aaron Counts and Nikkita Oliver. Event supported by Hedreen Gallery and the Seattle University Endowed Mission Fund for Faculty & Staff Development.

How Racism Takes Place by George Lipsitz

Monday, May 20, 2019, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Jefferson Building, Suite 401 & Central Area District
An aesthetic, spatial, & racial engagement with Seattle University’s neighborhood led by Roxy Hornbeck & Jasmine Mahmoud, AssistantBook cover of How Racism Takes Place by George Lipsitz. Features an abstract painting with black, red and yellow shapes. Professors, Seattle University

This workshop will connect racialized spatial histories of Seattle (including from restrictive covenants and redlining) to gentrification and arts infrastructure to reflect upon, imagine, and practice the ways in which arts leaders can spatially practice in more anti-racist, anti-oppressive ways.

Disidentifications: Queers of Color and the Performance of Politics by José Esteban Muñoz 

Monday, April 29, 2019 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Jefferson Building, Suite 401
An arts archival workshop led by Jasmine Mahmoud, Assistant Professor, Arts Leadership, Seattle University

In this seminal text central in the fields of Performance Studies, Queer Studies, Critical Theory, Critical Race Studies, Latinx Studies, and A person with long blonde hair and dark skin wearing a flower crown on the cover of Jose Esteban Munoz's Disidentifications book.Art History, José Esteban Muñoz (1967-2013) documents art and performance practices by queer artists of color. This book club event will unfold as embodied conversation, where readers will engage Muñoz’s concept of “disidentification” to think through, aesthetically reflect upon, and embody how arts leaders can support artmaking by minoritarian artists.

The (M)OTHERS by Nikki Yeboah and Cultural Struggles by Dwight Conquergood

Monday, February 25, 2019, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Jefferson Building, Suite 401
A Special Oral History Performance workshop led by Nikki Yeboah, playwright and Assistant Professor at San Jose State University

Photo of Nikki Yeboah smiling and wearing a shirt that says This three-hour workshop is an introduction to the process of collecting oral histories within marginalized communities, specifically for scholar-practitioners who seek to make community-engaged social justice performance. Participants will be introduced to techniques and ethics of conducting interviews in the community as a mode of activism and advocacy. Taking participants step by step through her practice, Nikki Yeboah models an approach to the creative process that prioritizes ethics and politics over more familiar theatrical elements such as character, plot and spoken text. Reflecting back on her own process, Yeboah also provides a glimpse into missteps and offer lessons learned along the way.


White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo

January 28, 2019, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Jefferson Building, Suite 401
A dialogue through layered collage making by Roxy Hornbeck, Assistant Professor, Arts Leadership

Book cover of White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo

"What is White Fragility? In this groundbreaking and timely book, antiracist educator Robin DiAngelo deftly illuminates the phenomenon of white fragility. Referring to the defensive moves that white people make when challenged racially, white fragility is characterized by emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and by behaviors including argumentation and silence. These behaviors, in turn, function to reinstate white racial equilibrium and prevent and meaningful cross-racial dialogue. In this in-depth examination, DiAngelo explores how white fragility develops, how it protects racial inequality, and what we can do to engage more constructively" (book cover, 2017).

Contact Us

Kevin Maifeld, MFA
Arts Leadership Programs Director
JEFF 401

Rosa Joshi 
Chair, Performing Arts & Arts Leadership

Poster of 2020 Book Club, to include three events: Headcase on January 30, 6pm at the Stuart T Rolfe Room in the Seattle University Alumni and Advancement building; Ensemble-Made Chicago on February 23rd, 5-9pm in the Stuart T Rolfe Room, and Emergent Strategy on May 4, 6pm, location to be announced. Sponsored by Arts Leadership at Seattle University and the Endowed Mission Fund.

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