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Diversity and Cultural Equity Series - EDI Voice Dr. Monica Almond

Theater/Arts Management Education Series Podcast

Release Date: 10/13/2020

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Theater/Arts Management Education Series Podcast

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.

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Theater/Arts Management Education Series Podcast

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.

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Theater/Arts Management Education Series Podcast

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.

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Theater/Arts Management Education Series Podcast

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.

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Theater/Arts Management Education Series Podcast

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."

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Theater/Arts Management Education Series Podcast

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.

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The Co-Founder/Artistic Director of Convergence Theatre Elena Velasco has been a leading BIPOC voice in the theater industry for years. She cites three problems that need to be addressed in the theater industry: tokenism, appropriation and representation. Elena stresses that relationships with professionals of color need to built, measurable goals instituted and specific actions need to be taken, not just statements. Elena states: "How do you feel welcome in a space where you don't see or hear yourself."

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Theater/Arts Management Education Series Podcast

Natalie Graves Tucker, CEO of NGT Consulting and Founder of Blackstage DC offers another BIPOC. Citing major marketing disconnects and primarily white audiences, Natalie points to changes that need to be made with transparency in hiring and season planning topping the list, and details the work of the Black Artists Coalition. Her uplifting wish: "I'm hopeful that theaters will take this time to learn from what they are saying (in their statements of support) and move forward in a positive direction."

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Theater/Arts Management Education Series Podcast

Chil Kong, the Artistic Director of Adventure Theatre, speaks from the heart about the importance of children's theater in the DMV and in forming adult theater patrons in this interview. Appearing as part of our five-part "Artistic Directors STEAM Ahead" series, Chil talks diversity challenges in the performing arts industry, how children benefit from exposure to theater and more. Also hear his unique description of those working in the industry. Very entertaining and insightful interview.

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The Artistic Director of Arena Stage Molly Smith was a featured guest on the "Embracing Arlington Arts Talks" podcast as part of our five-part "Artistic Directors STEAM Ahead" series. Hear her insightful advice for listeners interested in an arts management career; learn about her journey and successes in the theater profession; what changes she has witnessed in theater productions, and more. What an honor to interview Molly who has broken so many glass ceilings for women in the DC theater management world.

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EDI Consultant Dr. Monica Almond, Founder and CEO of The Almond Group, offers valuable and critical advice to non-profit arts organizations on achieving more diversity. From her insight on the pros and cons of training to her guarded views on the term BIPOC to first steps on developing diversity plans, Monica's responses can easily help steer organizations in an effective direction on the equity front. Also learn more about measurable parameters, requirement for White American Theater leaders to go outside your circle and how progress should be evaluated on the diversity front. Every non-profit organization who acknowledges they need to change should listen to this interview.