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Virtual Meeting May 14 9:00 am - 10:15 am Member - Free Non-Member - $25.00 The NJBIA Event Team Email

Presented by NJBIA’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council

The mission of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) is built upon celebrating diversity. From presenting world-class arts and entertainment, serving as a leader in arts education, a convener of civic engagement and as a catalyst for economic development in its home city of Newark. NJPAC is redefining the role an arts center can play in the life of a city and community.

Join NJPAC’s Senior Advisor, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Donna Walker-Kuhne for a discussion around how the state’s anchor cultural institution integrates representation in all aspects of a performing arts center.

Learn about the importance of internal DEI training and how it reflects externally, including NJPAC’s Employee Resource Groups, Book Club, DEI training sessions and Standing in Solidarity social justice programming.

Meet Our Featured Speaker

Donna Walker-Kuhne Donna Walker-Kuhne Senior Advisor – Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, NJPAC

Donna Walker-Kuhne is an award winning thought leader, writer and strategist for community engagement, audience development and social justice.  She is President of Walker International Communications Group, a 30 year old boutique marketing and audience development consulting agency. She was formerly Director of Marketing for both The Public Theater and Dance Theater of Harlem. She was also Vice President of Marketing and Vice President of Community Engagement at New Jersey Performing Arts Center.  She provides consulting services to numerous arts organizations throughout the world and has generated over $22m in earned income. She is also Senior Advisor, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion at New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Currently her portfolio includes social justice initiatives and Equity Diversity Inclusion workshops.  She is a lecturer and key note presenter for international arts conferences in  Blomfontein, South Africa, Croatia, and Australian Arts Conferences. She is an adjunct professor at New York University and Columbia University. She is the recipient of over 50 awards including the  2022  Margot Adams Signature Award, 2021 SGI-USA Distinguished Pioneer Award and the 2019 League of Professional Theatre Women Rachel Crothers Leadership Award. Her first book, Invitation to the Party:  Building Bridges to Arts, Culture and Community, was published in 2005 and her second book, Champions for the Arts: Lessons and Successful Strategies for Building Anti-Racist Arts Organizations will be published February 2023.  She has a weekly blog, Arts and Culture Connections that explores cultural efforts to expand diverse audiences. She is also a Board member for Newark Arts Council, Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, Signature Theater (NY), HARLEM WEEK and The Harlem Arts Alliance.

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Refund Policy:
If you cancel 7 days or more prior to the scheduled event date, you will be eligible for a full 100% refund.
Unfortunately, cancellations made within 1 week (7 days) of the event will not be eligible for any refunds.