Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) has launched artEquity, a facilitator training initiative on inclusion and equity issues for theatre companies nationwide. The program, which will have its first retreats in September and October, is supported by a $145,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. It will bring together a group of 25–35 theatre professionals annually to participate in analysis-building workshops and skills-based sessions and will address issues of ally-building, identity and privilege, and share the best methods of facilitating organizational change for theatre groups.
From the website Transom, Al Letson, host of the NPR show State of the Re:Union writes this manifesto for the Megopolis Festival that takes place June 5-7, in Oakland, California.
Record rainfalls, flooding and tornadoes continue to plague the country’s mid-section. And your GIA peers who are involved in the National Coalition for Arts Preparedness and Emergency Response are offering expertise and assistance to artists and cultural organizations affected by the extreme weather.
Theresa Scanlan of American for the Arts has been in touch many of the local arts agencies in Texas and Oklahoma to assess how and where aid is needed.
CERF+ is reaching out to artists in the craft disciplines. You can find out more at craftemergency.org.
The Actors Fund has offered emergency financial assistance to performing artists and entertainment professionals in Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. Details are available at actorsfund.org.
If GIA members have additional information to share about their relief and/or recovery efforts in the storm areas, please let the National Coalition know and they’ll use their networks to get the word out. You can send information to NCAPER Consultant/Coordinator Nancy Fushan (email@example.com)