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The Be The Change series is focused on: Inclusion – Diversity – Equity – Antiracism. Be The Change events build collective understanding of systemic racism, elevate the voices and stories of Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC), and inspire our community to be the change.  

The Be the Change series takes place in conjunction with such commemorations as Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month, Native American Heritage Month, Black History Month, Armenian Genocide Remembrance, Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and LGBTQ+ Pride. The series will also examine the one-year anniversary of the 2020 racial justice protests and 100-year anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre. The series includes virtual lectures, exhibits (like this one), and online programming from authors, curators, and historians. 

The series is led by Glendale Library, Arts & Culture in partnership with the Southern California Library Cooperative and Outlook Newspapers. The series is sponsored by the City of Glendale Arts and Culture Commission, with funding from the City of Glendale Urban Art Fund. 

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Podcast: Displaced LA   --  Author talk: Eric Nusbaum (Stealing Home)  --  Exhibition:  dispLAced: Communities Beneath Dodger Stadium. 

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Author talks: David Heska Wanbli Weiden (Winter Counts) and Walter R. Echo-Hawk (In the Courts of the Conqueror)  --  Teen G.E.N talks Exhibition: Nowhere and Everywhere: Indigenous in America 

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The mission of the Arts and Culture Commission is to enrich the human experience, reinforce Glendale’s identity and civic pride through arts and culture, and to recognize the importance of arts to our quality of life and to the local economy. This is accomplished by consciously integrating arts and culture into the daily life of the people of Glendale through urban design, planning, economic development, and education. In 2021, the Commission will develop a Cultural Equity and Inclusion (CEI) Plan to guide the development of public art throughout the city. 

Initiated in 2006, the Urban Art Program seeks to promote a diverse and stimulating cultural environment to enrich the quality of life for residents and visitors. The Program encourages the creative interaction of artists, developers, designers, city officials and community members during the design of development projects, in order to develop public art that is meaningful to the site and to the community. The Program anticipates a diverse range of art experiences throughout the city’s commercial districts, enlivening the public space available during the everyday routines of walking to work, eating at a sidewalk café, or shopping. The Urban Art Program was initiated in 2006 with the adoption of the Downtown Specific Plan (DSP). On December 14, 2010, Glendale City Council adopted ordinances to expand the program city-wide.


City of Glendale Human Resources initiatives relating to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion:  

The HR Department began exploring this effort in late-2019 as a means of raising awareness and understanding of the issue, and gaining greater insight of our own biases and perspectives as community leaders. Staff initiated the program utilizing trainers from the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations in the fall of 2020, starting with elected officials and City executives, middle managers and supervisors, with the goal to eventually involve all City employees.  As staff begins to more actively seek community input and understanding on issues of race and inclusion, we want to ensure that our own biases and perceptions are more fully understood.  


  1. Valuing Diversity in the Workplace: From approximately 1989 through 2000, an in-house training program titled Valuing Diversity in the Workplace was presented to the organization. The focus of the program was understanding who we are as individuals, and fully exploring the values, benefits and enrichment that other cultures and perspectives bring to the workplace and society.  

  2. Diversity in the Workplace/Mind the Gap: From 2008 to the present, this program, presented by Dr. Joseph Dadourian, a licensed clinical psychologist and organizational development professional, seeks to broaden awareness, understanding and appreciation of differences and similarities within and between people.  The program emphasizes effective communication in a diverse environment with the ultimate goal to create a workplace where all employees and customers feel respected and valued.  

  3. Workplace Harassment Training:  Since the early 1990s to the present, the City of Glendale has presented mandatory Workplace Harassment training to all of its employees on a regular basis in an effort to aggressively combat harassment and discrimination based on race, ethnicity, gender and all of the protected categories.  This training seeks to foster awareness and understanding of how incidents of harassment, discrimination, hate and intolerance negatively impact the workplace and society.  Although California’s AB 1825, enacted in 2005, began to require employers to present anti-harassment training to supervisors only, the City had long since been providing this training well before 2005 to all employees, not just supervisors, on a bi-annual basis.  A significant portion of this program is education regarding the City’s policies prohibiting harassment, discrimination and retaliation, and procedures for filing a complaint should one fall victim to such conduct.  The City maintains strong policies prohibiting harassment, discrimination and retaliation, and enforces them vigorously should a violation occur. 


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Shane_s Inspiration playground, designe.
  1. All Inclusive Playground 

  2. Therapeutic Recreation Program – Get Fit and Club 

  3. Gender Equity policy for Adult Softball Leagues 

Copyright notice: Any materials under copyright in this exhibit are covered by the Fair Use provision of the Copyright Act.  Permission and preferred attribution were requested of all copyright holders.

Branigin, Anne. “Glendale Leads California for Publicly Apologizing for its ‘Sundown Town’ Past.” The Root, 15 Oct. 2020.  

Butcher, Julie. “Resolution Passes Council Recognizing Glendale’s ‘Sundown Town’ History.” Crescenta Valley Weekly, 17 Sept. 2020.  

Crouch, Angie. “City of Glendale. Apologizes for its History as a ‘Sundown Town.’” NBC Los Angeles, 13 Oct. 2020

“Glendale Has Long Been Known as a ‘Sundown Town’ for Black Residents. What Is the City Doing to Change That?” AirTalk from KPCC owned by American Public Media Group, 15 Oct. 2020

Leonard, Christian. “City Resolution Apologizes for Past Discrimination.” Outlook Newspapers, 12 Dec. 2020

Leonard, Tom. “I Stand For...” Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) American Portrait, 13 Oct. 2020

Meara, Paul. “City of Glendale, CA Apologizes for ‘Sundown Town’ History.” BET, 13 Oct. 2020

“Racism in Glendale.” Letter to the editor. Los Angeles Times, 3 Dec. 1987. ProQuest. Reprinted by permission of the Los Angeles Times. 

Seidman, L. “Racist past of Glendale arrives at its reckoning; city passes resolution apologizing for its history of exclusion.” Los Angeles Times, 17 Oct. 2020. ProQuest

Vargas, Ryann Blackshere. “Glendale Becomes First CA City to Recognize History as Sundown Town.” Spectrum News 1, 9 Oct. 2020.  

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