How To Turn Your Diversity Initiative Into A PR Crisis In Three Easy Steps

In case you were wondering if process and diversity matter, just look at what’s been unfolding at the Art Institute of Chicago where they cut their entire 82-member docent corps go in an email on September 3, 2021. The Institute’s reason for dismissing the docents is they weren’t as diverse as they wanted. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the bulk of those docents were white, retired, women of mid to higher financial means. Once …

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You Might Think This Wouldn’t Be A Problem Anymore…But You’d Be Wrong

July, 2021 saw three articles in traditional media outlets that examine how Asian classical musicians face discrimination at various points in their career. The New York Times published two articles on July 21, 2021. The article by Javier C. Hernández chronicles how David Kim, a violist in the San Francisco Symphony faces what he describes as being marginalized. “In March he resigned as the sole musician of color on an orchestra …

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Diversity & Equity

In light of recent news, I want to post this podcast episode featuring Ruby Lopez Harper, Americans for the Arts Senior Director of Local Arts Advancement, and Dr. Brea M. Heidelberg, Associate Professor & the Director of the Entertainment & Arts Management program at Drexel University. These two dynamic and candid guests produced one of the best conversations around about equity and arts orgs. Equity and Diversity article archive.

Something Else To Consider In The Larger Oberlin PR Crisis

Diversity driven PR crises seem to be all the rage these days. Just when you thought things were settling down following the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields’ “white art audience” fiasco, something new pops up from Oberlin Conservatory. In case you missed it, here are the highlights: Oberlin Conservatory designed a flier for “A Celebration of Black Artistry,” a virtual performance ending Black History Month that included headshots for five of …

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Have You Added Pronouns To Your Zoom Display Name (spoiler: it’s really easy)

Displaying your pronouns alongside your name in Zoom meetings is a great way to normalize pronoun sharing and is a positive step toward improved inclusion. Compared to other virtual meeting platforms, Zoom makes is so easy, there’s no excuse to wait. Seriously, make this your “can’t stop until this is done” task today. In order to make this as easy as possible, I published an article with step by step instructions …

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