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A New Harmony: Equity, Access, Belonging

View the A New Harmony WorkbookPDF. To request a printable workbook, contact info [at] GalaChoruses.org (GALA Choruses).

GALA choruses have a unique opportunity to explore issues of equity, access and belonging because our choruses offer more than just a place to sing: they are also communities of belonging.

A New Harmony GALA Choruses has designed a new workbook to help explore these conversations. Early drafts focused on a model called DEI: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. But the more GALA’s Open Table Committee explored the vision of A New Harmony we realized we could create a new way to frame this conversation without using the word “diversity”, which is overused today, or “inclusion” which innately infers that some people are in and others are out.

It is the belief of GALA Choruses that these topics are valuable for every member chorus. We hope that these conversations will inspire and launch your chorus on a journey toward equity, access and belonging.

In addition to the development of the workbook, GALA has consulting expertise available to help you with implementation. The workbook is a great resource but you may have trouble figuring where and how to start. GALA can provide assistance under the 411 consulting program at no cost to the member chorus. We can assist with deciding where to start, how to modify the scenarios and discussion questions in the workbook to make them most meaningful for your chorus, finding a facilitator for group discussions if needed, etc. Please contact Executive Director, Robin Godfrey at executivedirector [at] galachoruses.org to discuss how GALA can assist with implementation of the New Harmony workbook.

The following tabs contain additional resources for further conversation.

 
Mobility and Ability
Race and Ethnic Identity

10 Examples That Prove White Privilege Protects White People in Every Aspect Imaginable , by Jon Greenberg

Asian Queer Choirs: A Perspective , by Hsien Chew

Deconstructing White Privilege , by Dr. Robin DiAngelo.

Explaining White Privilege to a Broke White Person , by Gina Crosley-Corcoran

So You Want to Talk About Race? Book by Ijeoma Oluo.

What does Justice Look Like: The Struggle for Liberation in Dakota Homeland. Book by Waziyatawin.

When They Call You a Terrorist , book by Patrisse Cullors

When They Call You a Terrorist – Discussion Guide - PDF

Gender Identity

Explore GALA video shorts, workshops and resources for transgender singers and voice teachers/conductors working with trans and non-binary singers.

Explore GALA’s list of Gender Inclusive Choral Repertoire .

Resources from the 2018 Transgender Voices Festival

Both Sides Now , by Reid Vanderburgh

Creating Choirs That Welcome Trans Singers , by Jane Ramseyer Miller

Raven’s True Self , by Sam Bullington

Transgender Voices: Trans Inclusivity in GALA Choruses , by Reid Vanderburgh

Sexual Orientation
Socio-Economic Status

Children, Youth, Families, and Socioeconomic Status

Diversity Toolkit: A Guide to Discussing Identity, Power and Privilege by Jeremy Goldbach

Poverty, Public Assistance, and Privatization: The Queer Case for a New Commitment to Economic Justice by Susan Raffo and Kay Whitlock.

The Price of Inequality: How Today’s Divided Society Endangers Our Future. Book by Joseph E. Stiglitz

Community Engagement

Tips for Transformative Community Engagement - PDF
Includes a planning grid for choruses designed by Jane Ramseyer Miller

Transformative Community Engagement WorkshopVideo (20 min)
Presented by Jane Ramseyer Miller, GALA Choruses Artistic Director

General Topics

Authenticity in the New Age , by Reid Vanderburgh

Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People , by Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald

Inclusion Awareness , by Reid Vanderburgh

Why Was the Implicit Bias Test Created? by Dr. Anthony Greenwald

Unconscious Bias , by Dr. Brian Welle

What Exactly is Privilege , by Reid Vanderburgh

Diversity Resources

Transgender Voices

Explore video shorts, workshops and resources for transgender singers and voice teachers/conductors working with trans and non-binary singers.

"We live in a world of rapidly changing demographics. Building a chorus that truly reflects the community in which your chorus lives is a revolutionary act that can ensure your chorus’ health and well-being for decades."
– Maria-Elena Grant, GALA Board Member

Infiltration

AORTA explores how oppressive systems can infiltrate non-profit organizations.