Today’s guest blog post is written by Judith Shimer, Senior Client Administrator, PatronManager.
Arts administration, like many industries, has a diversity problem. According to a 2015 study, while white women, as well as lesbian, gay, and bisexual people, tend to be well-represented in lower-paying roles, they are still underrepresented in higher-profile roles. Meanwhile, people of color, transgender people, and people with disabilities are underrepresented across the board. For people with more than one of these identities, the struggle of finding and keeping employment, achieving promotions, and feeling welcome in the workplace is multiplied.
Take a moment to try the following exercise. It may feel uncomfortable but it is essential: look around your office and think about who you see. Especially consider the roles of your coworkers, and how much they likely earn. For example, are your box office and administrative offices equally diverse? Lower-paid employees versus higher-paid?
On top of denying great candidates employment, a segregated arts industry impacts what art gets made and performed, and sends a message to young people about whether or not they belong in the arts. How can individuals already in the industry build a more inclusive environment? Here’s how to start:Read the Article