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At InSite, we believe the arts play a central role in civic engagement strategies. As creative placemaking initiatives spring up across the country, we believe that arts engagement can help lead the conversation around equity and inclusion. The Racial Equity in the Arts (REA) program is a 6-month series designed for institutional leaders eager to think differently about racial equity in arts programming and arts engagement. The REA series engages local and national community organizers to help lead and train institutional leaders to better understand the disparities and challenges facing marginalized communities. Inspired by bell hooks’ seminal work on “margins to the center,” InSite specifically chooses to work with women of color/people of color led organizations. The goal is to create a structure of shared leadership and solidarity networks for institutions, and to build authentic and horizontal relationships between institutional leadership, community artists, and community organizers of color.