JUST RELEASED - a new series on "Diversity and Cultural Equity" featuring BIPOC Theater Leading Voices citing demands for White American Theaters and EDI Consultants and Theater Specialist responding to those demands with action tools and best practices to help theaters meet those demands. Embracing Arlington Arts will be producing several Theater/Arts Management Education podcast series that will feature the experts in the industry who will impart wisdom, offer advice and offer best practices for this career. This show is a component of our weekly podcast "Embracing Arlington Arts Talks" which highlights artists, dancers, directors, dignitaries and everyone in between each week. Follow us on ApplePodcast, Spotify or GooglePodcast so you don't miss any new series! More info on all our podcast available at www.embracing-arlington-arts.org.
Diversity and Cultural Equity Series - EDI Voice Lisa Richards Toney
Lisa Richards Toney, President of the Association of Performing Arts Professionals provides such insightful responses to the issue of cultural equity, as well as responds to demands made by our BIPOC leaders in this series. Lisa offers several "first steps" for White American Theater leaders to take to start making progress, the importance of BIPOC voices at the decisionmaking table, advice on getting more BIPOC Board members, and how critical it is to offer paid internships to theater students.
Diversity and Cultural Equity Series - EDI Voice Dr. Monica Almond
EDI Consultant Dr. Monica Almond, Founder/CEO of The Almond Group, offers critical advice to non-profit arts organizations on achieving more diversity. From her insight on pros and cons of training to her views on the term BIPOC to first steps on developing diversity plans to measurable parameters of success, Monica's responses can easily steer organizations in an effective direction on the equity front. Every non-profit organization who acknowledges they need to change should listen to this interview.
Diversity and Cultural Equity Series - EDI Voice Ouida Maedel
Ouida Maedel, Theater Specialist at the National Endowment for the Arts packs so much specific advice in this interview, from creating more diverse Boards to making concrete changes to complement written statements of support to training options, Ouida offers easy actions White American Theaters can take now to start effecting results on the diversity issue. She states: There is no better time for strategic planning, radical collaboration and bold visioning for the future of the industry.
Diversity and Cultural Equity Series - BIPOC Voice Deb Sivigny
Scenic and costume designer Deb Sivigny, a leading voice in the DC BIPOC Community, detailed her views on diversity problems in the DC performing arts industry. From economic implications of low-paying internships to consistently presenting shows about black trauma to lack of BIPOC in management to holding theaters accountable to their Black Lives Matter statements, Deb provides us with much to consider. She also offers demands to be met to keep theater healthy, fair and equitable for the BIPOC community.
Diversity and Cultural Equity Series - BIPOC Leader Raymond Caldwell, Theater Alliance
The Artistic Director of Theater Alliance Raymond Caldwell, a leading voice in the BIPOC Community, discussed the foundational problems obstructing more diversity in the DC performing arts world including severe lack of BIPOC representation on theater Boards, low number of BIPOC personnel in arts leadership roles, and organization mission statements and charters that make no references to anti-racism. Raymond's piece of advice for listeners: "We have to make diversity happen. It will not happen on its own."
BIPOC Leader Chil Kong, Adventure Theater
The Artistic Director of Adventure Theatre Chil Kong is doing everything he can to display best diversity practices, as detailed in this interview. Find out how his core advice to Artistic Directors as first steps in improving cultural equity in their organizations. Also learn what he believes are the core problems in the theater industry, including foundational issues, and how DC Artistic Directors of Color work together to pick apart the issues impacting them and his demands for a more fair community.