Race Forward catalyzes movement building for racial justice. In partnership with communities, organizations, and sectors, we build strategies to advance racial justice in our policies, institutions, and culture. For over 15 years, Race Forward has brought you an incredible conference experience that has hosted over thousands of attendees to convene, organize, and mobilize for a more equitable future.

This year, we are excited to bring back Facing Race happening on November 17-19, 2022 both online and in-person. For more information please go here. For Facing Race inquiries, please email us at convenings@raceforward.org

This page contains links to applications for various opportunities to be part of programming and support for Facing Race. Please make sure to check the guidelines and deadlines for each application when you click on them below.

About Facing Race

At Race Forward, we believe a just, multiracial, democratic society is possible, yet it requires that racial justice be a fundamental principle of that society. We must join together in building collective power and strategy to root out systemic racism.

Facing Race merges our narrative, sectoral, and community work actively counteracting oppressive systems into a single space, to collectively strategize and build toward the racially just world that we all deserve. It is the largest intergenerational gathering for organizers, educators, creatives and other leaders in the movement for racial justice. Over nearly two decades, this national conference has featured more than one hundred workshops, engaging presenters, and keynote speakers that highlight campaigns, projects, and research that promote systemic solutions to racial equity challenges. This year’s event will take place both online and in Phoenix, Arizona on November 17-19, 2022. In anticipation of roughly 2,000 in-person attendees (4,500 total), our conference will focus on four core tracks: Institutional & Sectoral Change, Movement & Community Driven Solutions, Narrative Arts & Culture, and Racial Identities and Innovations.

Project Overview

For this project, we’re seeking a talented graphic artist that is comfortable doing a live illustration on location at the Phoenix Convention Center during the conference. We’re hoping for the creation of large-scale imagery that will be crafted from the responses of attendees to a particular question prompt. Race Forward will be creating space for this project that will be inviting and engaging to our conference attendees so that they can view and enjoy the installation throughout the conference. The final piece will be digitized by Race Forward after the event, to be used in various ways in support of our work in the movement.


Some visual examples of scribing inspiration for this project:

Example 1

Example 2

Scope of Work

Three days of live illustrating and interacting with conference attendees on location at the Phoenix Convention Center during specific time blocks. The exact times are subject to change, to be agreed upon by artist and Race Forward staff in advance of the conference.

Examples of time blocks on the conference dates:

  • 11/17 12p-3p
  • 11/18 8a-11a & 12p-3p
  • 11/19 8a-11a & 12p-3p
  • THEME: Racial Justice In My Lifetime
    • To give people a chance to say what racial justice means to them


  • Race Forward will work with the artist to secure materials and supplies most useful to them and their process of graphic recording


  • $5,000 will cover the artists time, and Race Forward holding perpetual license to the final content produced by the activity
    • Race Forward will handle contracting and compensation to the selected artist

Ideal Candidate

  • Shares Race Forward’s commitment to racial justice and equity
  • Has experience live scribing meetings, conferences, or events
  • Is comfortable illustrating for extended periods of time
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Provide with submission:
    • 2-3 examples of your work
    • Name, address, phone, email, website

Submissions are due 10/8. Selection and notification will happen by no later than 10/21.

If you have any questions feel free to contact us at contactDAP@raceforward.org.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with us!

Race Forward is currently seeking volunteers for Facing Race, the largest multiracial, intergenerational gathering for organizers, educators, creatives, and other leaders. The last Facing Race was held virtually and was Race Forward’s largest ever, with over 4,000 attendees!

After much consideration, The Facing Race Conference 2022 will be hosted both IN-PERSON and ONLINE November 17th -19, 2022.

The conference will be streaming all main stage events including keynote remarks, performances and plenaries live from Phoenix, Arizona.

In-person and virtual volunteers are needed for the following:

  • Pre-conference preparation: Bag stuffing, assisting with transporting materials and equipment at the convention center, phone calls, registration outreach – especially at universities and community organizations.
  • Registration/Information: Event greeters, assisting with general registration and materials distribution to participants and sponsors/exhibitors, staffing information desk, assisting with press registration table.
  • Special events support: Assisting with talent and audience control, greeters, ushers, stage handlers.
  • Workshop support: Workshop monitors (help set up, attend sessions, explain and collect evaluations, assist presenters as needed), interpreting for conference participants or presenters.
  • Multi-media support: Assisting with video-taping/tape recording of sessions and interviews as assigned, stage assistance (please note:  individuals for multi-media volunteer positions must have prior experience).
  • Overall conference support: Supporting staff show office, runners between various areas (including the exhibit hall, registration area and workshop rooms), tracking equipment, copying, PPE Distribution, Mask Checkers, Contact Tracing, etc.
  • Fundraising support: Assisting with setup for fundraising asks (envelope distribution, table tents, etc.) and collecting donation envelopes as assigned.

Volunteers Benefits:

  • Participate in one of the largest conferences dedicated to racial justice in the world
  • Form networks with individuals from across the U.S. interested in racial justice
  • Meet and work with the Race Forward staff and Board
  • Receive a letter of confirmation for your participation

Volunteer Requirements and Commitment:

  1. Must be 18 or over and can provide Race Forward with volunteer services from Wednesday, November 16th, 2022 to Saturday, November 19th 2022 in exchange for admission to the Conference and special events. You must be on time and have worked the agreed-upon hours to receive your discount.
  2. Once accepted, volunteers must register on Cvent and pay a $50.00 processing fee. A Facing Race registration is valued at over $550 per person. While this registration fee is waived for volunteers, volunteers are asked to pay a $50.00 processing fee. This nominal processing fee helps Race Forward to provide meals and conference materials to volunteers.
  3. Volunteers are required to complete at least one full conference day of service (total of 12hours, can be divided throughout the preparation days and conference days) to avail of the free conference registration (valued at $550), not including the $50.00 processing fee.

Volunteers are required to attend an orientation session prior to the event. Date and time are to be determined. An orientation is also required prior to the start of the conference.

The deadline to submit is October 10th, 2022!

The 2022 Facing Race Conference in Phoenix, Arizona will be hosting an in-person and online Exhibition Hall! 

Share your work and connect with an audience of over 4,000 activists, scholars, artists, and others through the conference platform, conference mobile app, and in-person vendor exhibition hall. Promote your work or sell products in our marketplace, which is open throughout the 3-day in-person/online conference.

The Facing Race Exhibition Hall has always centered businesses and organizations led by people of color, and this year, we will reaffirm our commitment and partner with vendors whose entity is owned, operated or serves people of color, indigenous people, and tribal nations, and people who are trans-identified or non-binary.

In Person Rate:

BOOTHS (In person: $1500 / Grassroot/Artist: $1000; 2 Single Tables)

SINGLE tables: (In person: $950 / Grassroot/Artist: $800)

HALF Tables:  (In person: $600 / Grassroot/Artist: $450)

Virtual Rate:
VIRTUAL BOOTHS ($300 / Grassroot/Artist: $150)

In person 3-day Vendor placement

  • One (1) Conference registration for the 3-day event 
  • Technical support to set up placement and troubleshooting support throughout the conference
  • Automatic placement on the virtual platform exhibition hall expanding your reach to both in person and virtual attendees. 

Virtual 3-day Vendor placement

  • One (1) Conference registration for the 3-day event 
  • Technical support to set up placement and troubleshooting support throughout the conference

The DEADLINE to apply is October 1, 2022!

Please make your reservations by October 1, 2022.

Contact facingrace@raceforward.org with any questions.

Facing Race is looking to offer:

  • In Person & Virtual Vendor “Tables”: available throughout the 3-day conference
  • In Person & Virtual Conference Bag Inserts: to be included in the in person/digital “Welcome Conference Bag” (options include: Physical coupons, books, magazines, learning materials, resources, e-coupons, e-books & magazines, links to learning materials and resources, music playlist, etc.)
  • Program Ads in our Digital Program: Advertise conferences, promote your work, or honor colleagues with an ad in the Facing Race E-program book
  • 10% Discount for all Ads submitted byGrassroots organizations & Artists! For more information contact the Facing Race team at Facingrace@raceforward.org!

Vendors who are selected will be contacted directly by the Facing Race Team! 

Thank you for sponsoring Facing Race 2022: A National Conference.
The Facing Race Conference offers Sponsors a unique opportunity to shine light on your dedication to racial justice. By committing as a Sponsor, you tell the world that you support the movement for a just, multiracial democracy.

Please fill out the form below to be included on our Conference Platform and Program as a sponsor. In order for your submission to be approved, Race Forward must have already received either the sponsorship payment itself or a written commitment of the sponsorship level you have selected.

Sponsorship Guarantees (vary by sponsorship level)
Facing Race offers various opportunities for sponsors for visibility, including:

  • Virtual Sponsor Hall on the Conference Platform. Facing Race attendees can visit your Exhibitor booth and learn about relevant products and resources you offer. Your booth will be located in the Expo Hall on the CVENT platform.
  • Virtual and In Person Conference Bag Inserts: to be included in the digital “Welcome Conference Bag” and physically in person at the Facing Race Conference in Phoenix (options include: e-coupons, e-books & magazines, links to learning materials and resources, music playlist, stickers, pens, art, printed materials, etc.)
  • Program Ads in our Program: Advertise conferences, promote your work, or honor colleagues with an ad in the Facing Race program book
  • Engagement: During the event, attendees will be able to chat you via the chat box, as well as join a video meeting to chat with you.


  • If you do not wish to participate in some of the virtual guarantees, you may indicate that on the form below.
  • Please direct any questions to sponsorships@raceforward.org

*All materials are subject to final approval of Race Forward for inclusion in our Virtual Conference Platform, assets, and other promotional materials.

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