Facing Race: A National Conference in St. Louis, MO — November 20-22, 2024

Katherin Canton

Race and Equity Manager | California Arts Council
Pronouns: They/Them/Their

Katherin Canton (they/them/theirs), based in occupied Nisenan, Maidu, and Miwuk land (Sacramento, CA), is a detribalized GuateMayan, weaver, healer, cultural organizer, and facilitator of magic raised on Yelamu (occupied Ramaytush Ohlone land/San Francisco) and Huichin (occupied Lisjan Ohlone land/Oakland). As the California Arts Council's inaugural Race and Equity Manager, they continue a lifelong journey of learning how to be in right relationship with themselves, neighbors, the land, and ancestors, in particular with queer and trans Black, Indigenous, communities of color.

Presentations from Facing Race 2022

Envisioning Racial Equity in Government

In this interactive workshop participants will be guided through a series of creative explorations using the five senses to envision and begin to embody government that is built for justice for all. We know how white supremacy cultural and systemic racism feels, sounds, tastes, smells, and looks. Using various creative modalities participants will co-create and embody their guiding star for racial equity and justice in government. The workshop will be facilitated in the train-the-trainer model to be used by government workers or racial equity facilitators working with government agencies. All training materials will be provided to participants to use with credit to the facilitator.

Participant Outcomes:

  • Introduction to somatics / embodiment tools in racial equity work.
  • A visual representation of what a justice-centered government could be, to use as inspiration in normalizing, organizing, and operationalizing racial equity goals.
  • Facilitator toolkit to lead this exercise in their own agencies / organizations.

Participants be ready to:

  • Practice collective imagination
  • Stretch your creative skills (we all have the capacity for creativity, no “art” skills needed)
  • Collaborate with others to co-create a collective vision for a justice-centered government
Speakers: Katherin Canton