This is a brief resource list for conversations or information. Please go to StageSource.org for the most updated Resource list. We will also be hosting conversations on our blog.
Cultural Access New England (www.ca-ne.org/) is a consortium of organizations and individuals who provide seminars, trainings, and discussions. Sign up is available on their website. A great resource for best practices.
Very Special Arts Massachusetts (vsamass.org/index.html) is the state organization on arts and disabilities.
The ArtsBoston (www.artsboston.org) Audience Initiative is a data collection tool that helps arts organizations understand audience patterns.
The Theatre Communications Group (www.tcg.org) is a national service organization for the theater community. Last fall their Fall Forum was about diversity, and they continue these conversations on their site, and through their programming.
SAG/AFTRA (www.sagaftra.org/EEODiversity), Actors’ Equity Association (www.actorsequity.org/benefits/diversity.asp), and other professional organizations have committees, initiatives, and reporting structures to help address some of these issues.
WomenArts (womenarts.org/index.htm) is a worldwide community of artists and allies that works for empowerment, opportunity, and visibility for women artists. It is an online resource.
The NOIR Network Boston (www.facebook.com/NoirNetworkBoston) is a new organization described as “where New England black and diaspora artists, artisans and administrators in theater and the arts educate, cultivate, support, advance, and connect.” They post events and announcements for the community. They have also hosted round table conversations.
Advocacy is an important part of creating change for our sector. Artists Under the Dome (www.artistsunderthedome.org/) is an annual event where Massachusetts Artists spend a day in the State House working on advocacy and meeting their representatives. MASSCreative (www.mass-creative.org/) is a new organization that is working on advocacy efforts throughout the state. In order to raise awareness, and raise funding, for some of the issues outlined in this report, advocacy must be a tool we all use.
Several organizations, including ArtsEmerson (www.artsemerson.org) and the Huntington Theatre Company (www.huntingtontheatre.org/) are rolling out audience initiatives. We will keep you apprised of these programs, and also report on other initiatives by companies in the region.
The Asian American Performers Action Coalition (www.aapacnyc.org/) has reported on casting in New York City for the past two seasons. Their results are worth looking at closely, as is their methodology.
The Oregon Shakespeare Festival (www.osfashland.org/en/about/diversity-and-inclusion.aspx) is one of the bright spots in this conversation. Everything they do serves their commitment to diversity and inclusion.
There are many, many blogs that add to this conversation. A short (and not complete) list includes bloggers on ArtsJournal (www.artsjournal.com/), including Clay Lord (www.artsjournal.com/newbeans/) and Diane Ragsdale (www.artsjournal.com/jumper) recently. Parabasis (parabasis.typepad.com/) and Mission Paradox (www.missionparadox.com/) are two bloggers who address a number of issues, these included. We will add to this list.