Omaha Performing Arts Cultural Inclusion Summit


March 28-29, 2019

Orpheum Theater & Holland Center
Registration deadline:
March 1, 2019
Space is limited!

March 28 at 7:30 PM:
See the show at the Orpheum Theater.
March 29, 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM:
Attend the summit at the Holland Center. Lunch is provided.

Through a daylong summit guided by the themes of the Broadway musical COME FROM AWAY, professionals will gain valuable skills in creating an inclusive work environment, understanding bias and building a diverse workforce. 

• Attend COME FROM AWAY on Thursday, March 28, at the Orpheum Theater. 
• Participate in sessions led by Inclusive Communities on Friday, March 29, at the Holland Center. 
• Hear a panel discussion featuring touring artists from COME FROM AWAY. 
• FEE: $50 per participant; includes lunch and performance. Scholarships are available for nonprofit organizations.

Questions? Contact Dominic Green at 402.661.8425 or



Inclusive Networks
Who’s in Your Circle?: The goal is to illustrate how some social, work, and community circles are homogeneous.  The participants will be given a sheet of paper and directed to consider the identities of numerous people in their lives such as: Their friends, bosses, partners, and neighbors.  This activity is the follow-up activity to “Things I Learned Growing Up” by showing that it is often the socialization we receive in our development that shapes the diversity in our circles.  
• Participants have the opportunity to analyze the diversity of their own social, work, and community circles. 
• Realize others in the community have similar and different experiences and why this is. 
• Realize the diversity or homogeny of the community. 
• To drive a conversation about how participants can be more inclusive.

Personal Assumptions
In the Iceberg activity, participants are asked to describe what they know about the facilitator for sure, based only on his/her appearance. They are challenged when assumptions are made that cannot be known for sure by appearance. Once a superficial list is made, they are asked to create a list of questions of important things they’d like to know about the facilitator (e.g. What kind of music do you like? What are your faith beliefs?). This exercise allows them to see culture as something more than tradition, heritage, or race. 
• To begin the process of learning who they are and how they personally identify. 
• To think for themselves.
• Understand inter-relations with other cultural groups. 
• To appreciate their personal complexities and diversity, as well as that of their community. 
• Realize culture is more than just tradition, heritage, and race. 
Forced Choices
In this facilitated activity, participants are given questions with three or four possible answers and must choose a side of the room corresponding to each answer. Once on the corresponding side of the room, participants are asked to discuss why they made that choice, their perspective, and what helped them build their opinion. They are also given the option to ask questions of each other in the community. 
• Develop skills needed to engage in dialogue; learn the difference between dialogue and debate. 
• Practice active listening skills to understand and learn more about different perspectives. 
• Given the opportunity to think about why they have the opinions and perspectives they have.

Inclusion Planning 
What does Diversity/Inclusion mean? Brainstorming: Participants will be lead through an activity to define the words “diversity” and “inclusion”.  During this conversation, participants will be asked to provide their definition first of “diversity” while an IC facilitator writes down the words being said in this brainstorm.  Next, the word “inclusion” will be discussed.  The participants will then be given Inclusive Communities’ definitions and a discussion will occur on ways that the organization does well at diversity and inclusion as well as ways they can improve.  Next, participants will be tasked with creating a diversity and inclusion statement for their organization.  Each group is given a sheet of paper and within ten minutes will be instructed to develop a statement they wish their company had for diversity and inclusion.  Groups will share their ideas, pictures will be taken by IC and provided to leadership at the organization after the training. 
• Discuss the definitions if diversity and inclusion 
• Identify ways the organization excels and can improve on diversity and inclusion 
• Groups will think of ways to convey their organization’s desire to be diverse and inclusive



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Registration opens January 3.

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