Dr. Tobie Stein’s book Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Performing Arts Workforce starts with a striking statistics: ”In 1996 an independent sector study revealed that only 8.8 % of the arts and cultural workforce were Black and 6.5% of the workforce were of Hispanic origin. Today the racial and ethnic demographic profile of the performing arts workforce is strikingly similar.” Our second panel in the Wake Up Call for Inclusion series is looking for answers to questions like: Why organizations and companies are tiptoeing around authentic conversations and dialogues about race and inclusion? What is white fragility and how does it affect the institutional dynamics in the performing arts? What it really means to be a White ally in the performing arts infrastructure and what BIPOC expect from these allies to ignite meaningful changes?What are the institutional barriers and cultural stereotypes that prevent the presence of more BIPOC artists, creators and administrators in the circus arts sector?How can we create greater race consciousness at the workplace on and off stage in the circus industry?
Content warning: Some language in this panel may be offensive to listeners, and does not represent the opinion of the panel organizers.
Books mentioned in the panel:
Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Performing Arts Workforce ,Dr. Tobie S. Stein
White Fragility, Robin DiAngelo
How To Be An Antiracist, Ibram X. Kendi,
The History of White People, Nell Irvin Painter
A Different Mirror: The History of Multicultural America, Ronald Takaki
Wake Up Call for Inclusion is curated by Andrea Honis.
Read more about the Circus and Changing Realities 2020 Panel Series.