LitNet, a coalition of literary organizations from across the United States that works to promote the importance of the literary arts in American culture, build the capacity of the literary field, and broaden funding for the literary arts, is hosting the Town Hall event A Time for Boldness: Unlocking the Power of the Literary Arts Field in Advancing a Just and Equitable World featuring nonprofit veteran Vu Le on Wednesday, June 30 at 2PM ET.
The pandemic, combined with a reckoning with white supremacy and systemic racism, has made it clear just how vital literary nonprofits are. Our work is essential to witnessing and processing the trauma we’ve endured as a society. However, our field is predominantly white. As such, there is a danger that we will unwittingly continue to perpetuate the very injustice we want to address. What do Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion look like in action? What must literary and other arts organizations do to achieve these goals? What are we willing to give up to get there? What does it mean for our organizations to be bold and courageous in creating a just and equitable world?
Vu Le (“voo lay”) is a writer, speaker, and the creative force behind NonprofitAF. He is also the former Executive Director of RVC, a nonprofit in Seattle that promotes social justice by developing leaders of color, strengthening organizations led by communities of color, and fostering collaboration between diverse communities.