Community Initiatives

We approach our community spaces and events with the goal of translating online education and discussion into offline action. From our Discord server to public panels, to virtual Storyslams and small-group discussions, we create brave* environments where subject matter experts can share their work, engage in meaningful discourse, and offer tools for community members to make change a reality in their spheres of influence.

 

All of our events cover flow through this Educate, Engage, Activate model. Everyone is welcome to attend one-off events, but encouraged to attend the full series for deeper dive into each topic area.

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

Educate

 
Group learning events focused on learning more about a specific topic or piece of work. The collective goal is to come away with a deeper understanding of the topic area, and build from that to drive informed discussion.
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Quarterly small-group discussions and author Q&As based on a specific nonfiction read.

Current Read: $16 Taco by Pascale Jossart-Marcelli

Topic Areas: Gentrification, urban planning, cultural appropriation, hospitality, food, beverage

Regular small-group discussions and director Q&As based on a mix of films, from documentaries to Marvel movies.

Upcoming Film: Big Scary S Word

Topic Areas: Socialism, capitalism, U.S. politics

Engage

 
Small-group discussion spaces centered on collaboratively unpacking complex topics. The collective goal is to foster a productive space where difficult and uncomfortable questions on a certain topic can be addressed without judgement.
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A private, discussion-based community for those interested in or working within social justice to further conversations on creating equitable, systems-based change in their respective industries.

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Expert Q&As and small-group breakout discussions complementing our Understanding... topics.

Featured Expert: TBD

Topic Areas: Socialism, capitalism, U.S. politics

TBD

Event Format:

Topic Areas: TBD

 

Activate

Coalition-building activities, events, and workshops oriented around activating within our own circles of influence. The collective goal is to increase each of our capacities to affect change in our communities through specific action steps.
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A virtual challenge open to all! This BINGO card includes a variety of ways to get more involved with your local community and encourage participatory decision-making across different communities you are part of. The first 10? people to finish the BINGO card receives a prize!

Topic Areas: Socialism, capitalism, U.S. politics

Past Events Archive

  • YouTube

Watch past public events on our YouTube

Educate

Conversations About Appropriation: Food / Beverage

A panel discussion, presented in partnership with General Assembly

Tokenization In Media:

A Case Study in Food 

A panel discussion, presented in partnership with General Assembly

Q&A with Dr. Marcia Chatelain of Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America

Available to view for our Patreon members

Engage

Unlearning Scarcity: A Virtual Storyslam

Featuring 5 Asian American storytellers. Presented in partnership with Slant'd Magazine.

Activate

Practicing Accountability for Food & Beverage Media

Our first-ever Town Hall addressing crisis and accountability in the food & beverage media industry.

Q&A with Dr. Shinhee Han of Racial Melancholia, Racial Dissociation

Available to view for our Patreon members

Q&A with Director & Actress Isabel Sandoval of Lingua Franca

Available to view for our Patreon members

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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