Arts Advocacy & Arts Policy

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Radical Inclusion of Parent Artists
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Radical Inclusion of Parent Artists

by Lydia Milman Schmidt
5 December 2018
Still Here, Still Enraged
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Still Here, Still Enraged

A Manifesto

by Joanna Lugo, Leah Harris
15 November 2018
Who We Harm When Parenting Isn’t Considered
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Who We Harm When Parenting Isn’t Considered

by Rachel Spencer Hewitt
13 November 2018
Radical Inclusion of Parent Artists
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Radical Inclusion of Parent Artists

5 December 2018

Lydia Milman Schmidt, founder of the advocacy group Parents in Chicago Theatre, looks at the progressive policies Rivendell Theatre Ensemble has in place when it comes to working with parent artists on production.

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Still Here, Still Enraged
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Still Here, Still Enraged

A Manifesto

15 November 2018

Joanna Lugo and Leah Harris use Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions as a framework to speak out about gender inequalities they've notice in the theatre community, and call on the larger theatre community to fight for gender parity. 

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Who We Harm When Parenting Isn’t Considered
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Who We Harm When Parenting Isn’t Considered

13 November 2018

Parent Artist Advocacy League for the Performing Arts (PAAL) founder Rachel Spencer Hewitt discusses three crucial ways theatres can improve their support for parent artists. 

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Berlin: Governing a “Creative” City
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Berlin: Governing a “Creative” City

25 October 2018

Through conversation between Senator Dr. Klaus Lederer and artist-advocate Christophe Knoch, Friederike Landau explores how political decision-makers and artist-activists can work together to create meaningful change for the independent theatre scene in Berlin.

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Belonging in a “Creative” City
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Belonging in a “Creative” City

11 October 2018

Dr. Friederike Landau and Christophe Knoch explore artist activism in Berlin, detailing the purpose of the Koalition der Freien Szene and weaving in thoughts from the city’s senator for culture and Europe, Dr. Klaus Lsderer.

We Need Theatre to Exist, and Maybe Research Can Prove Its Necessity
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We Need Theatre to Exist, and Maybe Research Can Prove Its Necessity

26 June 2018

Theatre artist and educator Robert Ruffin explores the idea of theatre being necessary for human survival and the research that needs to be undertaken to prove it. 

Towards Cultural Access and Participation in Portugal
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Towards Cultural Access and Participation in Portugal

29 March 2018

Maria Vlachou, Executive Director of Acesso Cultura | Access Culture, a not-for-profit that promotes access to cultural participation in Portugal, writes about work being done in the country to break down structural and geographical barriers to arts and culture.

Graz, Austria
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Graz, Austria

City of Culture…City of Climate Change Communication

21 March 2018

American Studies scholar and educator Nassim Winnie Balestrini reports on how Climate Change Theatre Action relates to her seminar on cultural studies at the University of Graz in Austria.

Why Do Women Climate More Than Men?
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Why Do Women Climate More Than Men?

18 March 2018

Chantal Bilodeau kicks off this week’s series on Theatre in the Age of Climate Change by suggesting that women in the arts may be our planet’s best bet for survival.

#52PlaysbyWomen
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#52PlaysbyWomen

An Advocacy Action Introspection

19 December 2017

Laura Shamas reports on the successes and challenges of launching the year-long social media campaign #52PlaysbyWomen.

Invisible Leaders and Creating Support for the Parent Artist
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Invisible Leaders and Creating Support for the Parent Artist

A Conversation on Research, Visibility, and Inclusion

13 December 2017

Continuing the series on parent-artists, Ineke Ceder and Catherine Mueller Melwani discuss how research can play a role in creating a bridge between the parent-artist experiencing isolation and the solutions recommended for equity and parity.

Re-Defining Motherhood and Advocating for Parent Artists
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Re-Defining Motherhood and Advocating for Parent Artists

10 December 2017

Rachel Spencer Hewitt, PAAL founder, kicks off the parent advocacy in the arts series with an overview of the history of PAAL and a rationale for family-friendly practices in the theatre.

The Artist as Agent for Change
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The Artist as Agent for Change

16 November 2017

Brussels-based choreographer, curator, and writer Michiel Vandevelde argues that artists need to reclaim a place of power in the arts sector.

Undocumented Stories Have Always Mattered / Las Historias Sobre Los Indocumentados Siempre Han Importado
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Undocumented Stories Have Always Mattered / Las Historias Sobre Los Indocumentados Siempre Han Importado

15 October 2017

A conversation between Alex Alpharaoh, David Lozano, and Karen Zacarías about the inspiration for and impact of their works that center the stories of people who are undocumented.

F*ck the System (And the Horse It Rode In On)
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F*ck the System (And the Horse It Rode In On)

17 September 2017

Chantal Bilodeau kicks off this week's series on Theatre in the Age of Climate Change, and argues that we as a theatre community need to recognize when our practices and systems are detrimental to the earth and other people, and strive to change them.

The Laramie Project Project
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The Laramie Project Project

Uniting Worldwide Stages to Spread Awareness of Hate Crimes

17 August 2017

High school performing arts student Alyssa Sileo discusses how creating a theatre advocacy project based on The Laramie Project helped her unite communities in the face of adversity. 

A Collective Call Against Critical Bias
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A Collective Call Against Critical Bias

26 June 2017

A collectively authored essay by leading artists, academics, and theatre advocates about Paula Vogel’s Indecent and Lynn Nottage’s Sweat on Broadway amid a conversation about critical bias toward women playwrights and playwrights of color.

The How and the Why of Arts Advocacy
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The How and the Why of Arts Advocacy

1 May 2017

Sara Brookner writes about her experiences and take-aways from participating in National Arts Advocacy Day in Washington, DC, and Arts Matter Advocacy Day in Boston, MA.

Igniting a Transgender Revolution in Chicago
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Igniting a Transgender Revolution in Chicago

12 April 2017

Artist Delia Kropp discusses the state of transgender theatre in Chicago, Illinois and shares current initiatives to produce work by and for trans and gender-variant artists. 

We Are the Heroes We Need
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We Are the Heroes We Need

Squeaky Fromme, Assassins, and the Call for Arts Activism

28 March 2017

Kitty Drexel writes about Stephen Sondheim's Assassins , and the need for artists to defend natinoal arts funding.

Finding a Rock and Gaining an Audience
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Finding a Rock and Gaining an Audience

24 March 2017

Madeline Sayet reflects on her ancestor Sachem Mahomet Weyonomon, and advocates supporting Native stories and theatremakers.

Gender Disparity, Hidden Carers, and Employment Opportunities
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Gender Disparity, Hidden Carers, and Employment Opportunities

PIPA Trial

22 March 2017

Contributor Rachel Spencer Hewitt reports on the Parents in the Performing Arts consortium that is working to finding solutions for caregivers in the performing arts.

More Than Booth
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More Than Booth

29 January 2017

Michael Whatley makes the case why every theatre should have an active shooter policy.

We’re Not Playing
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We’re Not Playing

A Theatrical Protest Initiative

16 January 2017

Playwright Tiffany Antone discusses Little Black Dress INK’s “We’re Not Playing” initiative, advocating the need for theatrical protest for social change.

The Ghostlight Project
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The Ghostlight Project

12 January 2017

Saheem Ali, a steering committee member for The Ghostlight Project, outlines the inspiration for and aims of the initiative, and suggests action steps for individuals and institutions.