NYCAIER Affinity Groups

October 21, 2021 - June 30, 2022

Multicultural hands atop one another

2:30 pm - 5:15 pm ET


Zoom Meeting

Please join the NYC Arts in Education Roundtable as we resume hosting regular race-based affinity spaces once per month. More information on upcoming dates and initiatives below!


  • White Affinity Group:
    • Friday, January 21, 4:00 – 5:15pm ET
    • Friday, February 4, 4:00 – 5:15pm ET
    • Friday, February 18, 4:00 – 5:15pm ET
    • Friday, March 4, 4:00 – 5:15pm ET
    • Friday, March 18, 4:00 – 5:15pm ET
  • Non-Black POC Affinity Group: TBD
  • Black Affinity Group: TBD

Initially spaces dedicated to actively supporting the dismantling of systems of racial oppression in our field and beyond, each affinity space has evolved based on the needs of its members. While some spaces continue focusing on anti-racism learning, others have moved toward community building, experience sharing, solidarity, and support in addition to education.

We invite you to join us and encourage you to invite colleagues from your organization. Attendance at previous affinity group meetings is not necessary.

Affinity Spaces Needs Assessment

We would like to hear from our community members on their needs and desires in regards to what shape these spaces take in the future!

Please take a few minutes to complete our Affinity Spaces Needs Assessment to assist in planning the trajectory of these spaces.

“Affinity groups are an effective means through which people can reaffirm and explore aspects of their identity, as well as provide each other guidance and support for interacting with those who might not share, understand, or respect that identity.”


How Roundtable Affinity Spaces Started

On June 1, 2020, the Roundtable hosted an informal arts education community meeting in response to the racial violence against Black individuals and communities in our country. Community response at the meeting led to affinity spaces being created the following week, which continued regularly and which we intend to continue for the foreseeable future. Roundtable initiatives such as the Black Women’s Wellness Retreat, the List of Demands for Centering Black Women’s Leadership in Arts Education, and the DEIA Open Spaces for White Executive Directors are all results of affinity group meetings.

To read more on how affinity groups can be a useful tool in anti-racism education, click here or here.