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Brews and Views
Celeste Beatty, founder of the Harlem Brewing Company, hosts a monthly happy hour to highlight topics in beer making, the restaurant industry, art, politics, culture and more. In the inaugural virtual conversation, Beatty will be joined by Dr. J Jackson-Beckham, principal at Crafted for All and executive director of Craft X EDU. They will discuss diversity, equity, and inclusion in the beer industry.
Before the conversation, bartenders from Chocolate City’s Best will demonstrate how to make a signature cocktail, mocktail and offer a beer pairing for the conversation. Brews and Views will livestream on NMWA’s Facebook page and at nmwa.org/livestream.
Online, livestream on Facebook, YouTube and nmwa.org
Thursday, October 21, 2021; 4:30–6 p.m.
Free. Reservations required.
ABOUT THE SPEAKERS:
Dr. J Jackson-Beckham / @jnikolbeckham (Instagram)
A former professor of communication studies, Dr. J Jackson-Beckham dedicated her academic career to the study of American beer. Today, through her consultancy, Crafted For All, LLC, she helps craft beverage organizations develop inclusive, equitable and just practices that drive success, build communities and empower individuals. She is also the founder and executive director of Craft x EDU (pronounced “craft by E-D-U”), a nonprofit that champions equity, inclusion and justice in the craft brewing community through education and professional development. She is an author, speaker and vocal advocate for the craft beverage community. In 2018, Jackson-Beckham was named the Brewers Association’s first-ever diversity ambassador. Today, she leads the Brewers Association’s diversity, equity and inclusion department as the association’s equity and inclusion partner.
Beatty launched Harlem Brewing Company in 2000, inspired by her love of the craft and the Harlem community. She became the first African American woman brewer to launch a commercially distributed beer and later went on to sell her beers in the largest food and beverage businesses in the world. By following her truth—she calls it “Brewing it Forward”—Beatty has tapped into her passion for creating beers that infuse flavor, passion and pride. She uses her influence to open doors for a new generation of brewers and independent beer distributors from diverse backgrounds and build awareness of many local charities.
Today, her beers are widely distributed throughout New York City and the East Coast as well as in Japan and the U.K. Beatty and her beers have received many awards including Entrepreneur of the Year from the Harlem Business Alliance twice; Best Brew NYC; Best Amber Ale, Beer and Bacon Fest; Emerging Entrepreneur Award, Clinton Foundation; and the Local Hero Award from the Association of Resident Theaters.
Beatty has garnered international media coverage with features on Reuters, The Root, NBC, Fox News, MSNBC, Forbes and People.
CHOCOLATE CITY’S BEST:
Chocolate City’s Best enhances the careers of people of color in the food and beverage industry by opening doors to opportunities and networking events that can elevate one’s career path. Chocolate City’s Best hosts competitions, educational classes, panels and career growth workshops. We believe that through these actions, the presence of people of color in the food and beverage industry will grow infinitely.
WOMEN, ARTS, AND SOCIAL CHANGE:
Women, Arts and Social Change (WASC) is an acclaimed public programs initiative highlighting the power of women and the arts as catalysts for change. These programs convene speakers from a range of disciplines whose socially conscious ideas are reshaping lives and economies, engaging communities and empowering women. Fresh Talk, the initiative’s signature program series, champions women through the arts and advocates for social change. WASC also features Cultural Capital program partnerships, which build community connections with area organizations to increase the museum’s visibility and reach new audiences. #FreshTalk4Change
The Women, Arts, and Social Change public programs initiative is made possible through leadership gifts from Denise Littlefield Sobel, the Davis/Dauray Family Fund, the Revada Foundation of the Logan Family
, and the Susan and Jim Swartz Public Programs Fund. Additional funding is provided by the Bernstein Family Foundation. This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF WOMEN IN THE ARTS:
The National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) is the only major museum in the world solely dedicated to championing women through the arts. With its collections, exhibitions, programs and online content, the museum inspires dynamic exchanges about art and ideas. NMWA advocates for better representation of women artists and serves as a vital center for thought leadership, community engagement and social change. NMWA addresses the gender imbalance in the presentation of art by bringing to light important women artists of the past while promoting great women artists working today. The collections highlight painting, sculpture, photography and video by artists including Louise Bourgeois, Mary Cassatt, Judy Chicago, Frida Kahlo, Shirin Neshat, Faith Ringgold, Pipilotti Rist, Amy Sherald and Élisabeth Louise Vigée-LeBrun.
The museum building is closed for a major renovation, with plans to reopen in fall 2023. Visit nmwa.org/renovation for more information. During the building closure, NMWA continues its mission-based work and engages supporters and friends through a dynamic slate of online programs and events, off-site and virtual exhibitions, and digital content.