Talbot Family Network is collaborating with the Academy Art Museum for the upcoming session of Conversations on Race, a program that brings together interested community members for thoughtful and productive dialogue about the impact of race on their lives and in our community. Each monthly session has a new theme, allowing first time and returning participants to take part in the facilitated discussion. For the Thursday, December 1, 2022 session, art will be used as a lens through which participants can explore and share their perspectives and experiences.
“This is a community of practice project,” explains Nancy Andrew, Talbot Family Network executive director. “Communities of practice are about groups of people who share a concern or passion for something learning how to do it better by interacting together. The aim is to support collective learning by practicing how to talk about race in ways that are respectful and useful.”
Conversations on Race is open to any interested community member. Sessions run from 5:30-7:30pm with a light meal and refreshments provided. Advance registration is required at https://tinyurl.com/CORDec2022 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The Academy Art Museum is located at 106 South Street in Easton.
“We’re honored to partner with the Talbot Family Network on their important and necessary initiative Conversations on Race,” says Academy Art Museum director Sarah Jesse.“There are so few public spaces where diverse groups of people can engage in productive civic dialogue. The Academy Art Museum is one of them.” Session participants will discover how looking closely and critically at contemporary art can foster reflection, shift perceptions, and humanize difference.
Talbot Family Network is the Local Management Board (LMB) for Talbot County. LMBs are community-based organizations serving all 23 counties in Maryland, and Baltimore City, focused on improving outcomes for Maryland’s children and their families. They were created to promote improved, coordinated local decision-making that focuses on results and accountability. The premise was, and continues to be, that health, education, economic, and social outcomes are more likely to be improved if decisions about programs and strategies are made by local jurisdictions with the funding, support, guidelines, and accountability managed by the State. In 2021, under Governor Larry Hogan, the Maryland Children’s Cabinet directed LMBs to address racial and ethnic disparities in all of their programs and to incorporate into their collective work strategies that create more racially equitable organizations and partnerships.
For more information about Talbot Family Network, visit https://healthytalbot.org/about/talbot-family-network/.