Through AA&M, we are building a world where LGBTQ+ and BIPOC artists thrive.

We do this by developing and proliferating culturally equitable strategies rooted in popular education, design justice, and collective joy to grow equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) across all arts and media platforms.

Hey there, I’m Beatrice, the founder and director of AA&M.

I’m a cultural strategist, national multi-disciplinary artist, and creative producer with a deep and personal commitment to creating equity in the arts. I started Authentic Arts & Media when I realized there was a huge need for folks who can connect organizations to innovative and change-making design, training, and consulting rooted in equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI). I believe in the power of people to make lasting changes, both individually and collectively, towards a more just and sustainable world. I also believe that arts and media have essential roles to play in the changes that need to happen.

My training is as a multidisciplinary artist and designer, which shows up throughout my work creatively and professionally. Some of this materializes through my alter persona, Black Benatar, through my work with Drag Queen Story Hour and my own show, Black Benatar’s Black Magic Cabaret. It also shows in how we approach training and consulting – weaving creativity and joy wherever we can and innovating at every turn. Keep on reading to learn more about our design practice, values, past clients, and the whole Authentic Arts & Media team.

Our Services & Design Practice

So how can we help your organization in it’s journey towards equity, diversity, and inclusion? We offer a range of services depending on your needs, all based in a design practice that centers innovation, design justice, inquiry, popular education, joy, and fun. You can also find out more about the kinds of clients we work with here.

  • Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion Workshops & Trainings
  • Organizational Consulting
  • On-Demand Virtual Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion Trainings
AA&M organization values: cultural equity & access, multiplicity & intersectionality, innovation & design justice, joy & fun, popular education, community & sustainability, inquiry, creativity
We model the practices and processes we believe will lead to a more just and equitable world, working to create access to our knowledge and tools for those who are committed to creating change.
We design for multiple truths and intersecting identities, uplifting traditional, indigenous, local, historic and geographic truths, knowledge and practices in the development of our cultural strategies.
We center the most historically excluded by designing new practices and methodologies that break free from old paradigms, liberating the process and participants alike while supporting learners of all types and abilities.
We weave collective joy and fun throughout our practice to give folks the energy to do the hard work and inspire meaningful connection with challenging topics.
We believe in the power of people’s collective knowledge and experiences. We do not hold “all the answers”. We facilitate you in an emergent process of surfacing your own answers and charting an authentic course.
We know the only way to achieve sustainable change is by cultivating authentic relationships and working collaboratively to envision and create a collective future that is in harmony with the planet.
We center asking and listening as practices that are essential to progress and accountability, knowing that inquiry is the key to authentic, equitable learning, self-determined change, and a collectively designed future.
We celebrate and nurture the creative spirit, inviting it to add beauty, humor, and insight at every stage of our process.

Past Clients