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.

 

vijaymathew
The Ford Foundation hosted Beyond the Hashtag, a conversation on using art and technology to combat the criminalization of our communities . The event livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network on 15 September 2015 included performances and discussions with leading artist-activists whose powerful work calls for the safety, well-being and self-determination of LGBTQI and multiracial communities.
Elenq
Freedom of expression is essential to the arts. But the laws and practices that protect and nurture free expression are often poorly understood both by practitioners and by those enforcing the law.
fbittencourt
I am not known for throwing around “the race card.” But every now and then, it’s thrown on me, especially in the arts. And, when I took a position in building new audiences, but only for the black plays, things really hit home. After this experience, I would like to help devise the best practices in new audience development, and suggest beginning with genuine community engagement. But it took working this job I describe below, to get me here. I was given a ten-week, remote position with a regional theatre company that was funded through a major foundation that seeks to provide models for new...
Elena DI FEDERICO
The Canada Council for the Arts is getting a new funding model in April of 2017. Funding will be tied to diversity - in the artistic and technical crew, administration, audience and boards...
fbittencourt
This report notes that that while some progress has been made in embedding diversity across the arts and culture sector, there is more to do.
Elena DI FEDERICO
'The unity that has been demonstrated by the theatre sector is resonating elsewhere... 2016 can be a year of seismic change for women in our country if we, men and women, continue to join our feminist voices together across sectors and across all areas of society'.
Mihail Buzov
"Accommodations for most performers with disabilities come in the form of renovations to a physical structure. Accommodations for people with invisible disabilities require a change to an internal people structure." Source: HowlRound
Marta
"There is no justification for saying that a poem is intrinsically better than a rap: all that matters is what the poem and the rap bring into existence, their intrinsic quality and the response they can draw from readers or listeners. And yet, cultural policy is still largely constructed on the idea that certain forms, as practiced by certain social groups, are necessarily more valuable than others. If democracy means anything in this diverse world, it means that such prejudgements should not be built into policy. Some art is great. Some art is awful. Some art expresses all that is best...
Clara Giraud
Clara, assistant producer for Unlimited, introduces a new guide for producers and performance makers: Demystifying Access – how to create better access for audiences to the performing arts
IETM
German theatre Schauspielhaus Bochum invited the public to pack into a refrigerated truck to give them a glimpse into the hardships experienced by people trying to reach Europe from war zones.

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