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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"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
"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, 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
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.
How best to get disadvantaged youth to engage with complex and sensitive topics such as food banks, domestic violence and sexual health? Immediate Theatre approaches such topics through drama workshops.
Josephine Baker is here cladded in a shimmering veil.
Tom Holert: A key point in both Second Skin: Josephine Baker & the Modern Surface (2011) and its accompanying essay “Shine: On Race, Glamour, and the Modern” of the same year is what you have poignantly and paradoxically called the “disappearance into appearance,” referencing the particular “shimmering, excessively ornamentalized performance” of Anna May Wong in the 1929 movie Piccadilly.
The Warwick Commission on the Future of Cultural Value has conducted a 12 month inquiry into how Britain can secure greater value from its cultural and creative assets.
The plates are shifting in America, and, unless we want to fall through the cracks into oblivion, our theatre culture needs to shift along with it. An equitable theatre that reflects the plurality and diversity of American culture is a relevant theatre.
In the not too dim and distant past, the word might have elicited groans – another thing to think about, another box to tick. Responding to a variety of audience needs can be demanding especially when it has been about physical space, for example, adapting old buildings to modern day demands.
Stopgap Dance Company, Artificial Things, 2013. Dampfzentrale Bern/flickr, CC BY-NC-SA
For three weeks each August the city of Edinburgh explodes with life as it showcases the best in the arts via The Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

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