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Association of American Cultures Collection

1985-2010
1 box (0.5 linear foot)
Call no.: MS 1070

The Association of American Cultures (TAAC) was founded in 1985, following the success of the first Open Dialogue conference in which cultural workers from an array of arts disciplines gathered to discuss issues confronting arts organizations and artists in communities of color. As a national arts service agency, TAAC advocates for racial equity in the arts and arts organizations and provides support for those concerned with the preservation of their culturally specific identities through the arts.

The TAAC collection consists primarily of materials distributed to participants at several of the Open Dialogues conferences, along with a handful of promotional materials. A videotape in the collection is one of several produced by TAAC in the 1980s on aspects of cultural diversity in the American arts.

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Background on Association of American Cultures

The Association of American Cultures (TAAC) was founded in 1985, following the success of the first Open Dialogue conference in which cultural workers from an array of arts disciplines gathered to discuss issues confronting arts organizations and artists in communities of color. As a national arts service agency, TAAC advocates for racial equity in the arts and arts organizations and provides support for those concerned with the preservation of their culturally-specific identities through the arts.

As it has evolved, TAAC has maintained a focus on promoting multicultural leadership in arts management, building networks of support, and advocating for a "democratic cultural policy" that reflects the full breath of America's pluralistic society. In addition to their biennial (or triennial) Open Dialogue conferences and regional meetings, they are active in National Advocacy Day and at meetings of the National Endowment for the Arts and other arts service organizations.

Scope of collection

The TAAC collection consists primarily of materials distributed to participants at several of the Open Dialogues conferences, along with a handful of promotional materials. A videotape in the collection is one of several produced by TAAC in the 1980s on aspects of cultural diversity in the American arts.

Inventory

Association of American Cultures conference: travel scholarship application
1994
Folder 1
Association of American Cultures: membership information
ca.1986
Folder 2
Association of American Cultures: multicultural arts in New England brochure
1991
Folder 3
Association of American Cultures: statement on reauthorization of the National Endowment for the Arts
1990
Folder 4
Cultural Diversity in the Arts: A National Report
1987
VHS cassette

Video summary digest of TAAC regional forums in New York, Louisiana, Florida, Arizona, Illinois, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania.

LeRoy, Louis: memorial program
2007
Folder 5
LeRoy, Louis: "New dynamics in minority art," Connections Quarterly, 3
1985
Folder 6
Open Dialogue (newsletter)
1986-1991
4 issues
Folder 7
Open Dialogue II (San Antonio, Tex.): conference handouts
1985
Folder 8
Open Dialogue III (Washington, D.C.): conference handouts
1988
Folder 9
Open Dialogue VI (Columbus, Ohio): conference handouts
1994
Folder 10
Open Dialogue XI (Denver, Colo.): conference handouts
2007
Folder 11
Open Dialogue XII (Chicago, Ill.): conference handouts
2010
Folder 12
Open Dialogue Midwest Regional Forum: conference handouts
1987
Folder 13

Administrative information

Access

The collection is open for research.

Provenance

Gift of Mayumi Tsutakawa, Jan. 2016 (2016-008).

Processing Information

Processed by I. Eliot Wentworth, March 2019.

Language:

English

Copyright and Use (More information )

Cite as: Association of American Cultures Collection (MS 1070). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries.

Search terms

Subjects

  • Arts--Management

Contributors

  • Association of American Cultures [main entry]
  • Open Dialogue

Genres and formats

  • Videocassettes

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