Carpenter Performing Arts Center

Learning How to Be Anti-Racist

By and for white people and non-Black people of color*

*Anyone is welcome to attend!

Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. PST
On the Zoom videoconferencing platform

This is a confusing time. You are hearing a lot of talk that it’s not enough to not be racist, we need to be anti-racist. But, what does that mean?

Through a series of group discussions, together we’ll tackle what anti-racism means and some of the tools to help move the culture forward. We’ll talk about why “not seeing color” and expecting Black friends to teach you about racism is a form of racism.

Join us as we learn, together, how to be anti-racist within the arts and ourselves.

Why are we doing this?
We at the Carpenter Center recognize that we need to hold ourselves to a higher standard in our own anti-racist work and as an organization. We have heard from many of you that you want to do more, and learn more, but you don’t know where to begin.

What to Expect
Each week we will tackle 1 to 3 topics on racism and anti-racism. Anyone is welcome to join and engage in each discussion – discussions will build on each other week to week, so participation each week is encouraged.

Each discussion will start with some facts, statistics, or a short reading on each topic. Participants will then be invited to respond to the information presented and discuss each topic. Each discussion will end with at least one action participants can take in the following weeks to fight racism.

Do I need to download Zoom?
If you do not have Zoom downloaded on your mobile phone, tablet, or computer you will be prompted to download and install Zoom when you click the link to join the meeting. You may also download Zoom for free here.

Do I need to have an account?
You do not need to have an account to join a meeting. You may create one if you like.

Where can I learn more about Zoom?
We recommend the Quick Start Guide for new users. There you will be able to join a test meeting and try out Zoom before our event. It is recommended that you familiarize yourself with the "raise hand" and "chat" features.



Sign up to join our Learning How to Be Anti-Racist mailing list and to receive your Zoom invitation link each week. (Be sure to check your spam or promotions email folders if you don’t see the email.)

Click the link within your invitation email on the day of the discussion to join us. All discussions take place on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. PST and last approximately 90 minutes.


Action Item #1

Watch Hamilton the Musical – on Disney+ July 3rd

OR, at the very least, listen to the entire soundtrack (on Spotify, Amazon Music, iTunes, YouTube)
OR, if you can't access the film or sound recording, go read up on it
AND identify 2 or 3 problematic things within/about the musical. Email to by 5pm on Tuesday, July 7th.

Action Item #2

Start reading that book you selected last week.

Action Item #3

Sign up for the SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice) phone zap to defund the police Webinar on July 2nd, 12pm PST


If you missed the Webinar, you can still take action!

Reference Sheet provided by SURJ

Action Item #4

Create your own autobiographical list of your privileges in regards to:

Sexual Orientation
Gender Identity
Physical Ability
Nation of Origin
Families' relation to education, money, housing, and neighborhoods
Families' languages of origin

  • Make it a running list – a document that you keep adding to as you think of things
  • Keep it visible or easily accessible
  • Read through it every few days

Previous Discussion Notes

Anti-racism discussion