A non-profit organization - with a mission of providing direct legal services, advice, and educational programming to artists - sought to increase access to its services, particularly to artists of color from under-represented Boston neighborhoods.
Derek worked with the Executive Director to develop a year-long series of seminars for artists that taught them the business side of working in the arts, including legal structures and how to improve their networking skills. The series also provided dedicated access to professional photographers, arts administrators, attorneys, and more. Recruitment of artists was done in collaboration with arts organizations in Boston's communities of color. Still in operation today, each year the series culminates with a group exhibition that is a core part of the legal non-profit’s annual fundraising event.
A research university expressed interest in bridging the divide with the surrounding neighborhoods and provided access its buying power and reputation to leverage its resources and elevate community discussions.
Derek led a team that designed and promoted a free speaker series that used university funds to bring prominent national voices that focused on current events to campus. The events were free and open to the public, and provided academic departments an opportunity to incorporate the events and topics into their curricula. Members of the public were invited to meet the speakers in smaller events, including master classes and book signings. Speakers included author Jeff Chang, activist Shaun King, journalist April Ryan, and correspondent Marc Lamont Hill.
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