Inclusion

We believe it is in the nature of the arts to hold up a critical mirror to society, and to break down barriers between its different groups. But is our sector fully reflective of the communities we live in?  

This debate is about the urgency to open up the arts to all of society - to all the classes, ethnicities, religions, physical abilities, and backgrounds that constitute it.

 

Elena DI FEDERICO
When we talk about equity, it is often about tangible resources: Income, funding, food, housing, access to green space, etc. Rarely do we recognize that time is just as critical a resource, and that it is also inequitably distributed.
Elenq
Who Are We? This is the question that London’s Tate is asking at its free six day cross-platform event spanning the visual arts, film, photography, design, architecture, the spoken and written word and live art.
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This first workshop of the new network “Cultural Managers as Intercultural Brokers” took place 15-17 January 2017 at Heilbronn University, Germany. Its highly renowned international participants examined the role that arts and cultural managers can play in handling the challenges of globalisation.
The plaza in front of the one of the festival theatres. Nitra, Slovakia.
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While I grew up during the fall of the Soviet Union, it’s important to acknowledge that Western anti-communist propaganda and the lingering effects of the Cold War kept me distanced from any realistic notion of life and culture in Eastern Europe.
© Vincent Chartier
Elenq
“If we take diversity seriously, especially as a basis for creativity, it means that there’s no single rule or approach – particularly an approach inherited from the past – that works best for all leaders and organisations. Our best solution is to create a flexible platform that honours diversity by attracting and growing different mixes of talent as we face new and different challenges.”
Elena DI FEDERICO
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in the United States, in partnership with the National Arts and Disability Center (NADC) and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), held an online conversation with three hundred and ninety registrants representing artists, arts administrators, arts organizations, arts educators, arts employers, and disability organizations about how to increase the career preparation and employment of people with disabilities in the arts. This report summarises the main findings.
Chantal DeGroat and Maureen Porter in Tanya Barfield's Bright Half Life. Photo by David Kinder. From HowlRound
Elena DI FEDERICO
Some practical notes on what Profile Theatre company (Portland, Oregon) learned since spring of 2015, when it launched a three-year Diversity and Inclusion Initiative to produce work exclusively by women and writers of color starting the following season.
Unlimited Artist Day 2016. Photo Credit Rachel Cherry. From Unlimited website
Elena DI FEDERICO
Unlimited’s Senior Producer Jo Verrent speaks at Evolve, a symposium looking at the use of identity and labels within the arts. Here, she gives her personal and professional take on language, disability and labels, exploring if ‘disability’ is seen as a dirty word…
Elenq
Diversity is the in-vogue theme for the cultural industry, becoming an exercise in ill-thought-out, quick responses to stage diversity rather than as an opportunity to re-imagine the entire sector. It has become painfully obvious that the sector’s increasing self-awareness and subsequent panic, has caused a scramble towards superficial diversity, rather than an opportunity to dismantle the frameworks that created the systemic exclusion to begin with.
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The aim of this research is to provide a general overview of innovative policy measures and case studies in the field of arts and disability in the 2 regions. The focus generally lies on stated aims and activities of existing legislation, policies and programmes, with information about their actual results and effectiveness presented only where this was easily accessible.

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