Community Initiatives

We believe it's important to offer accessible public events for our community members to learn about social impact topics that matter to them. From public panels and Q&A sessions to Storyslams and 1:1 interviews, we create spaces where subject matter experts are able to share their work and engage in meaningful discourse with our audience. 

We always provide free tickets for anyone who needs financial support, no questions asked. Please just email us at hello@studioatao.org to redeem.

If you would like to sponsor an event or partner with us on a branded event series, please reach out!

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Featured Upcoming Event

February 2022 - Multiple Dates

Our February book club is on The $16 Taco by Pascale Jossart-Marcelli.

 

From the publisher: Having “discovered” the flavors of barbacoa, bibimbap, bánh mi, sambusas, and pupusas, white middle-class eaters are increasingly venturing into historically segregated neighborhoods in search of “authentic” eateries run by—and for—immigrants and people of color. This interest in “ethnic” food and places, fueled by media attention and capitalized on by developers, contributes to gentrification, and the very people who produced these vibrant foodscapes are increasingly excluded from them.

Book Club

Our book clubs are regular a small group discussion series where we collectively examine the new ideas and real-world applications of our nonfiction read. It is open for anyone to join, for as many or as few sessions as desired. These are 1.5-2 hour moderated conversations with a maximum of 10 participants per session. 

Book cover for How to Kill a City by PE Moskowitz
Book cover for Racial Melancholia, Racial Dissociation
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Movie Club

Our movie club takes the form of a series of narrative arcs that last four months, with anywhere from six to twelve total films (a mix of shorts, documentaries, and fictional movies). 

 

Small-group discussions for the movie club happen every month. These are 1.5-2 hour moderated conversations with a maximum of 10 participants per session.

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Movie poster for Gather
Movie Club

Our movie club takes the form of a series of narrative arcs that last four months, with anywhere from six to twelve total films (a mix of shorts, documentaries, and fictional movies). 

 

Small-group discussions for the movie club happen every month. These are 1.5-2 hour moderated conversations with a maximum of 10 participants per session.

Social Impact Professionals

Social Impact Professionals is a private, discussion-based community for those interested in social justice across the spectrum. This is for community members across all industries who seek an intimate forum to discuss social justice topics relevant to their lives, talk through pressing problems pertinent to their work, and derive cross-functional insight from like-minded professionals to work together to find solutions both big and small.

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Past Events Archive

Group Huddle

Panel

In partnership with General Assembly

Workshop

A presentation by the Instagram partnerships team

Town Hall

A recap of key takeaways

Disrupting Dinner

Available to view for our Patreon members

Book Club

Available to view for our Patreon members

Book Club

Available to view for our Patreon members

Movie Club

Available to view for our Patreon members

Panel

In partnership with General Assembly

Storyslam

In partnership with Slant'd Magazine

Panel

In partnership with General Assembly

Support our regular programming

Our team is continuously working behind-the-scenes to ensure our events run smoothly and we are creating a space that is welcoming to all. If you've enjoyed our programming, we kindly ask you to consider supporting us by becoming a monthly patron or with a one-time donation. We thank you for your generosity!

All contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

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