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The Possibility Spectrum: Increasing Diversity & Inclusion in Arts Organizations

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The Possibility Spectrum: Increasing Diversity & Inclusion in Arts Organizations
Crystal Yingling

Many arts organizations seek to welcome diversity and increase inclusion; however, these ideals can be simpler in concept than conception. After a near extinction, Seattle’s Intiman Theatre reinvented itself with the mission to produce theater “as diverse as the community in which we live.” To reach this mission, the theatre needed to recruit and hire more diverse actors and staff while retraining existing employees in complex issues of diversity and social equity. To meet this challenge, the theatre launched the Intiman Emerging Artist Program (IEAP), a pre-professional training initiative intended to find and prepare diverse candidates to fulfill nontraditional casting and staffing opportunities in the theatre arts. Over the course of two years, IEAP has trained 53 artists (>60% women, >70% people of color, education ranging from GED to MBA/MFA, and spectrum of ethnic, religious, ability, & economic backgrounds), of which the majority are now employed in arts in cultural organizations. IEAP provides a useful case study for equitable and inclusionary recruiting and arts education programming. Concrete data and analysis over two years reveals practical actions arts organizations can take to improve diversity and increase inclusion.

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Crystal Yingling

Adjunct Faculty of Arts Leadership / Intiman Emerging Artist Program Producer, Seattle University / Intiman Theatre
Crystal Yingling holds a Master’s of Fine Arts in Arts Leadership from Seattle University and a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Wheaton College Conservatory. She is an adjunct professor at Seattle University’s College of Arts and Sciences, teaching courses for the... Read More →

Thursday June 1, 2017 10:45am - 12:15pm PDT
QMU Brodie Room Queen Margaret Dr, Musselburgh EH21 6UU, UK