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.

 

Illustration by Lia Strasser.
Elena DI FEDERICO
We must avoid trafficking in clichés and “received knowledge” about Muslims—or any other marginalized group—because to do so instrumentalizes stereotype. The question is not who gets to speak for certain groups (since that critique has long been used to silence disempowered communities), but rather to propose strategy to improve opportunity equity and awareness.
Dawn Walton
A new diversity programme will shift power and resources to where they can be most effective. Dawn Walton explains the thinking behind Eclipse Theatre’s new artist development initiative.
Being an Artist Today; Gender, Mobility & Friendship
Harpreet Kaur
On 20-23 April I attended the IETM Plenary Meeting in Bucharest, Romania, a network of over 500 performing arts organisations and individual members working in the contemporary performing arts worldwide. The international network for contemporary performing arts hosts a meeting in a different city in Europe twice a year, advocating for the value of performing arts, commissioning publications and research, and facilitating communication and the distribution of information.
jamiegahlon
What was diverse ten years ago is privileged today, and today’s diversity models will become obsolete in the coming years. Historically disenfranchised groups are just now finding their voices after decades, even centuries, of silence.
jamiegahlon
Jenny Lyn Bader offers a brief history of the gender parity movement in this HowlRound article.
Lian Bell
Harvard professor Iris Bohnet's lecure on tackling unconscious bias.
Lian Bell
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's hugely influential TED talk on why We Should All Be Feminists.
Mavis Carrilho
The Cultural Diversity Code was developed in 2010 by the dutch cultural sector with support from the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.
fbittencourt
Taiwanese’s identification has been inherently problematic and lacerated, and raises many questions that have become inseparable from the main concerns of Taiwanese theater artists: Who are we?
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.

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