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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As the IETM Satellite Meeting in Beruit is underway, Raphael Khouri's story about being unable to tell people about a queer Arab play she directed is incredibly timely and important.– Geoliane Arab.
Four outstanding museum directors discuss what has to be done to reach equality
Chay Yew, artistic director of Victory Gardens Theater, says: “We can’t be twenty-first-century Americans if we don’t know African American, Latino, Asian, Native, and white histories and narratives. They make up our complicated collective history as citizens, as a nation, and we need to own them.”
What happens when marginalised cultures take centre stage? In this Arts Podcast, we explore Hiraeth, a new dance production inspired by Armenia’s painful history, and speak to Kabosh, a Belfast-based company that has been investigating how theatre can help to resolve conflict in Africa.
"Particularly as a white person, writing “raceless” characters in works of realism can be just as harmful as writing stereotypical characters of color…there is no such thing as a “raceless” person."
The arts sector talks a lot about diversity, but what can actually be done to achieve it? Monica Montgomery suggests ten ways to take action.
The concept of Equality is compelling because it is easier to understand, less messy, and less risky than Equity. Equality requires less effort to grasp. True Equity takes time, energy, and thoughtfulness. It requires us to reexamine everything we know and change systems and practices that we have been using for hundreds of years. This is often painful and uncomfortable. So we openly flirt with Equity while still staying firmly in the arms of Equality.
About us. By us. For us. Near us. It has been almost a century since the great W.E.B. Du Bois–one of the co-founders of the NAACP–offered this stirring call for what, today, we would call “cultural equity.” To say much has happened in those ninety years would be to oversimplify. Significant progress has been made. And yet for many, and on many levels, it is not enough.
picture from Remix Gold's Touched
Are disability arts festivals the best way to see work? And what are the pros and cons of identifying as a disabled artist? As the Unlimited Festivals launch, Jo Verrent explores these arguments.
#iambadatthis by Susan Soon He Stanton with Kirstyn Trombetta
I believe it is theatre’s right to offend. Theatre artists have an obligation not to back away from offensive choices when such choices might instigate conversations about sensitive subjects which otherwise might not happen. It is also the artists’ responsibility to thoroughly consider the ramifications of potentially offensive choices and make sure there is a clear reason for making them.

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