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JustArts Call & Response Community Art Project: Round 2

all local artists are invited to channel their creative energies by participating in Round 2 of equity arcata’s JustArts working group’s Call & Response Project.


the first JustArts Call & Response project was initiated in November 2020 as a way for local artists to connect and get to know each other through various forms of artwork. participating artists featured in Round 1 of the project are Jackie Dandeneau, Laura Muñoz, Alia Brookshire, Karla Austin, Gary Ronne, Annette Makino, Maya Makino, Julie McNiel, Amy Uyeki, Gillen Martin, Ali Ong Lee, Patty Yancey and Daryl Ngee Chinn, and a video of their collaborative piece can be viewed below.


due to the success of the first Call & Response collaboration, JustArts Working Group members are seeking artists to participate in Round 2 of this project.


for more information on how to participate in English and Spanish, click here, and click here to review the artist agreement form.

State of the City of Arcata

Humboldt State University student members of the equity arcata collective presented at the Arcata Chamber of Commerce’s virtual State of the City of Arcata event on Tuesday, February 9. to view a recording of the presentation, please click here.

Ongoing Learning Opportunities for the Community

equity arcata’s Ongoing Learning Working Group is excited to offer the community a few upcoming opportunities to engage in conversations surrounding racial equity.

community members are invited to join equity arcata’s Ongoing Learning Working Group members Alia Dunphy and Meridith Oram for equity arcata’s community Book Club discussions on Adrienne Maree Brown's book, Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds. this book invites readers to feel, map, assess and learn from the patterns around us in order to better understand and influence them as they happen. the equity arcata Book Club meetings are underway, and you can still participate! click here to register.

members of the community who identify as white are invited to participate in equity arcata’s virtual Whiteness Accountability Space held every Thursday from 12 to 1 pm. the purpose of holding this space is to mitigate harm caused to BIPOC community members when white people participate in conversations on these topics in diverse spaces. these weekly conversations are led by white facilitators who are members of the equity arcata collective. to participate, email for the Zoom link.

Welcoming Businesses Working Group Update

our Welcoming Businesses newsletter is back! january's newsletter focues on microagressions and how they negatively affect your business. click this link view the newsletter. for more workplace ongoing learning resources for businesses, click here. look out for the next newsletter which will discuss the concept of intent vs. impact.

JustArts: Changing the Script

are you looking for ways to support the local Black community? check out the organizations below:

are you looking for ways to support the local Indigenous community? check these links out:

equity arcata collective statement on COVID-19

as COVID-19 spreads and the public health emergency intensifies, equity arcata calls on local governments and institutional leaders to pay special attention to the impact that this disease and their response to its spread may have on people of color.

​we call for an approach that provides accurate information and advances policies based on science. we call on decision-makers to act with compassion and provide comprehensive medical and social services for those most vulnerable to exposure. we are all only as safe as those members of our community who are most at risk.

​Race Forward’s statement on racialized disparities reminds us:

“while we know that anyone can contract the virus, we also know that the impacts on communities of color could be severe. people of color are disproportionately likely to be in low-paying or hourly-wage jobs that make them unable to provide care or interrupt work. they are also more likely to have limited access to affordable healthcare, childcare, and transportation. people of color are more likely to face unsanitary conditions inside prisons, jails, and detention centers. funding disparities in communities of color have led to hospital closures; shortages of frontline doctors and nurses; higher incidences of chronic conditions, such as hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease; housing overcrowding; and lack of quality elder care.”  in Humboldt County, we see this applies especially to our Native and immigrant residents.

​historically, government responses to urgent health concerns have been shaped by implicit and explicit bias. this public emergency has already harmed Chinese and Asian American community members through increased acts of bigotry and discrimination. ​emergency planning must consider that health inequities and racialized fears may exacerbate infection rates through the misallocation of time and resources, creating additional impacts and problems to solve.

​equity arcata strongly urges all leaders and decision-makers to actively dispel myths and racist misinformation, and to collectively work to create a system-wide response needed to end the spread of this communicable disease. local leaders must address the needs of the most marginalized populations in our community while stamping out stigma and blame. all of our health security is at stake.


​*adapted from Race Forward Statement on the Coronavirus Emergency, Official Response and its Impacts on Communities of Color,

please click here to find COVID-19 resources.


please click here to read our housing working group’s open letter to landlords & property managers 

navigating COVID-19.  

​to help Humboldt State University students experiencing food insecurity as a result of COVID-19, our home away from home working group is raising funds to benefit HSU’s Oh SNAP! student food program. please click here to learn more about Oh SNAP! and how the program is providing students safe access to culturally appropriate and nutritious food. please click here to make a donation to this much-needed program.

for more information regarding equity arcata, send us an email at or call 707-822-5953.


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