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!

Featured Upcoming Event

April 27 - 4pm PT | 7pm ET

Q&A with Author & Historian Marcia Chatelain

We are honored to welcome Marcia Chatelain, author of our current book club read Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America for a special Q&A about the complicated relationship between the fast food industry, American capitalism, government-sponsored segregation and racism, and the civil rights movement. As she explains, “this book...helps us understand where other parts of our society has failed, McDonald's has unfortunately had to pick up the slack.”

Book Club

Our book club is a bi-monthly 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. 

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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 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.

Disrupting Dinner

The Disrupting Dinner series is a cookbook discussion community that embraces the political nature of food, history, and culture. We read one BIPOC-authored cookbook for three months at a time, and convene for monthly, two-hour cook-together and discussion sessions for a maximum of 20 people each. Between sessions, our community shares dishes, stories, and articles in our private FB group.

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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.

Past Events Archive

Q&A

Patreon members only

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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