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, physical abilities, and backgrounds that constitute it.

 

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Seit zwei Jahren kann man es wissen: Es herrscht eine krasse Schieflage im Theaterbetrieb, wenn es um die Repräsentanz von Frauen und Männern geht: In Leitungspositonen und im Regie-Fach gibt es sehr viel weniger Frauen als Männer, unter den aufgeführten Schauspielautor*innen sind sie in der Minderzahl, ebenso wie zumeist in den Ensembles. Dazu verdienen sie oft wesentlich schlechter als ihre männlichen Kollegen.
The Culture Change Guide is a toolkit that's been guided by best practice recruitment principals and explores how you can think about developing a diverse workforce and leadership.
Support for arts and disability has increased over the past few years. But do programmers have unconscious prejudices? Nina Mühlemann speaks to Unlimited 2018 artists and producers – and shares some advice.
image from Acting together #with refugees - © Teatro dell'Argine
Acting Together #WithRefugees is a project led by Teatro dell'Argine (Italy) aiming to foster the social inclusion of refugees and asylum seekers through artistic tools and through the settling of a close cooperation with local institutions, organizations, associations and individuals working in the social, educational and cultural fields.
MUNICH — In the summer of 2015, the world watched in astonishment as Germans cheered crowds of refugees streaming into train stations throughout the country. Scenes from that unprecedented — and short-lived — moment of welcome form part of “What They Want to Hear,” one of two current productions about exile and its ordeals at the Münchner Kammerspiele, one of Munich’s, and Germany’s, most important theaters.
Endless, Community Dance Project. Dançando com a Diferença © Júlio Silva Castro
Acesso Cultura (Portugal) considers that, thanks to the continuous promotion of accessibility and the legislation in force, professionals in the cultural sector are more aware now of the existence of physical barriers to cultural venues. However, in addition to the legislation not being implemented, it is also true that our reflection on access does not go much further than the physical aspect and, even in this case, beyond the need for ramps and adapted bathrooms.
Women are the major consumers as well as the largest percentage of employees in the arts. Yet their presence as artistic leaders remains low or, in some sectors, non-existent. Of the 28 organisations presently funded under the Australia Council framework of the major performing arts, only three, Black Swan Theatre Company, Orchestra Victoria and the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, have female artistic leaders
Samantha Robinson and James Atherton in Andrea Dunbar’s Rita, Sue and Bob Too at the Royal Court, London, in 2018. Photograph: Tristram Kenton for the Guardian
Publicly funded art is still dominated by a privileged elite who fail to engage the majority of the population
This is a list of initiatives started in different countries after the Weinstein case. It's not exhaustive, and could be further updated at a later stage (also with your help - feel free to share your own resources!). This list was helfpul to prepare the discussion on bullying and harassment in the performing arts held at IETM Porto, April 2018.
The session on Bulllying and harassment in the workplace at IETM Porto was moderated by Lian Bell (Ireland) and Yamam el-Zubaidi (Sweden). Their presentations highlighted the recent developments in their respective countries in the aftermath of the #metoo campaign, which unveiled how common bullying, harassment and sexual misconduct are in the media and performing arts sector (like most other professional sectors).

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