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:
Postponed to Fall 2020; originally scheduled: Monday, May 11, 2020, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
The Program in Arts Leadership, in partnership with the Nonprofit Leadership Program, presents Emergent Strategy by adrienne maree brown. 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.
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 took place 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 engage the community in an early evening dinner discussion about their careers as artists, authors, and professors and then led an evening devising activity.
This Book Club event was made possible by support from the Pigott Family Foundation for the Arts, Theatre Program, Endowed Mission Fund, Arts & Sciences College Events Committee, Office of Multicultural Affairs, and Pathways to Professional Formation.
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 Headcase: LGBTQ Writers & Artists on Mental Health and Wellness edited by authors Stephanie Schroeder and Teresa Theophano. The event began 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 included 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) was on hand from 5:30 pm - 6:15pm with a resource table at the event.
Coffee, tea and cookies provided. This Book Club event was co-sponsored by the Endowed Mission Fund.
Thursday, October 3, 2019, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
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.
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, Assistant 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.
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 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.
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
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.
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
"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).