MALI is a Leadership Development Program for People of Color Deeply Involved in
Arts, Culture, and Entertainment.
Diversity is important. Different perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds allow for more complex interactions and an increased quality of discourse. Silicon Valley is one of the most ethnically diverse regions in the country. The Multicultural Arts Leadership Institute (MALI) leverages the incredible variety of artistic, cultural, and sub-cultural expressions in the region. We believe that the inclusion of these cultural experiences can provide marginalized communities with a sense of power, authority, and influence. As a result, MALI provides access to, inspires, and sustains a deeper level of conversation and activism that seeks to address inequities in our community.
What We Do
MALI is a leadership development program for people of color deeply engaged in the Silicon Valley’s arts, culture, and entertainment sectors. MALI seeks to eliminate traditional barriers to access including race, language, artistic marginalization, and income. Often, these barriers prevent multicultural artists from fully realizing their potential. MALI provides arts leaders with the administrative training necessary to survive and thrive in the local arts and culture ecosystem. Through our year-long training program, we develop local multicultural arts practitioners by giving them the technical skills, philosophical underpinnings, and networking opportunities necessary to grow and sustain their organizations and individual work in Silicon Valley.
In addition, MALI is committed to building a self-sustaining support system for arts leaders of color. This system breaks the isolation that these arts leaders often experience and connects them to vital resources and expertise that exist outside of their chosen artistic discipline. The MALI network fosters a sense of belonging, empowerment, renewed confidence, and greater consciousness about the unique struggles arts professionals of color face.
How MALI Works
MALI is a program of the School of Arts and Culture at MHP. The MALI program is a year-long training program that brings together a cohort of up to 15 arts professionals of color who live or work in the Silicon Valley arts, culture, and entertainment ecosystem.
MALI utilizes day-long seminars, guest speakers, and an annual service trip to achieve the following goals:
- Identify future and emerging multicultural arts leaders;
- Provide these individuals with the skills and knowledge necessary to stabilize or grow their organizations and businesses;
- Equip these leaders to successfully participate in community forums, initiatives, boards and task forces to address specific community issues and to advocate for a strong and healthy multicultural arts community;
- Build a self-sustaining network of multicultural arts leaders for the purpose of resource sharing, knowledge sharing, and potential artistic collaboration.
- Connect arts leaders of color to practical tools, information, and real-world training to sustain themselves and their businesses, thereby contributing to an increase of artistic vibrancy across the region.
Participating in MALI
If you are a person of color who is deeply engaged in Silicon Valley’s arts, culture, and entertainment sectors, then MALI might be the right professional development program for you. Each year, through a competitive application and interview process, we select 10 to 15 arts leaders to participate in the MALI Program.
Those interested in applying for the Class 9 MALI cohort should join us at one of upcoming recruiting nights:
- Tuesday, May 24, 2016, from 7:00 pm to 8:00pm at The School of Arts and Culture at MHP (1700 Alum Rock Avenue, San Jose, CA, 95116)
For more information on the MALI Program please visit malisv.org