Cultural equity is consistently cited as a major problem in the theater industry. The recent “Black Lives Matter” protests and calls for theaters to put their “statements of support” into action has focused even more light on this issue. In order to help theaters achieve their goals of greater cultural equity and diversity, Embracing Arlington Arts will be offering an educational project for non-profit arts organizations and other arts professionals throughout the National Capitol Region on developing concrete steps to better serve artists of color — a MUST for the long-term viability of the arts sector.
The project begins this fall with the airing of a multi-episode podcast series featuring diversity experts and leading voices in the DMV on behalf of the black, indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) movement. (This series would be an addition to our “Arts/Theater Management Education Series“.)
BIPOC leaders will provide thoughts on critical changes needed to make the theater industry more equitable. Experts, including working practitioners, will respond by providing action items, case studies, tools, leadership initiatives, etc., to help arts organizations achieve more diversity in the audience, on stage and in their board rooms.
While our goal is not to develop the “perfect plan”, we strive to have several options presented based on the experts’ presentations, conversations among the participants, and dialogue with minority stakeholders.