We view this statement and list as a living document which we will amend and shape as we develop our anti-racist work.
Artists Repertory Theatre recognizes that we are a predominately white organization and operate within systemic racism and oppression, and that silence and neutrality are actions of complicity. We recognize the critical role the arts play in our culture and national conversation, and accept our responsibility to make positive change through our work, our practices, and our policies. We commit ourselves to the work of becoming an anti-racism and anti-oppression organization, and will work with urgency to end racial inequities in our industry and our culture.
We invite artists, audiences, and colleagues to hold us accountable.
Work with Urgency
Anti-racism Investment at ART
- February 2021, Investment in Facilitator Training for ongoing Courageous Conversations work
- December 2020, NAYA Tribal History/Shared History – ART’s next quarterly antiracism workshop/training (Staff, Board, Resident Artists)
- December 2020, ART’s Managing Director, Artistic Director, Development and Marketing Director, and Board Chair all participated in the three-day Summit on Dismantling Racism in the American Theatre facilitated by the Ten Chimneys Foundation (December 1-3).
- November 2020, Mercury II: 16 DNA: Oxygen artistic projects underway for development for release to the public
- November 2020, Board level policy shifts that embrace ART’s DEI/antiracism goals include:
- Removal of mandatory board gift minimums; allowance for Resident Artists to serve on the board (RA’s are 30% BIPOC) which will also give artists a voice in the management of ART
- An update of Bylaws to easily enable remote attendance to meetings so that BIPOC board members can be recruited from around the country
- October 2020, management staff from ART and The Actors Conservatory began working through the We See You White American Theatre document’s demands for Academic and Professional Training Programs.
- October 2020, Published the inaugural 72-page ART Quarterly magazine features seven BIPOC artists writing about their experiences working in white spaces.
- September 2020, Two BIPOC-led organizations joined the ArtsHub: Broke Gravy and Front Porch Sessions
- Summer 2020, Establishment of new program called DNA: Oxygen at ART, an affinity and working group centering the work of BIPOC Artists and creating professional development, training, and mentorship programs within ART by and for BIPOC artists
- Summer 2020, We See You White American Theatre/BIPOC Demands review
- April 2020-current, Culture surveys and focus groups with Future Work Design (staff, Resident Artists)
- April 2020-current, HR policy review and employee handbook rewrite with Future Work Design
- December 2019, Courageous Conversations Training, (staff, board, resident artists, guest artists)
- Summer 2019 LORT EDI Committee co-chair, Onboarding the Board (Marketing Director)
- Summer 2019, LORT EDI Committee member (Marketing Director)
- Fall 2018, Online course about access and disability with NW ADA Center (staff, FOH staff, Resident Artists)
- Winter 2018, EDI Training with Richard Woo & Doug Stamm (board)
- Summer 2017, EDI workshop with Red Door Project/Kevin Jones & Kisha Jarrett (Staff, Board, Resident Artists)
- Spring/Summer 2017, EDI executive coaching with consultant Kevin Jones/Red Door Project
- July 2017, Anti-Racism Workshop with YWCA including the Racist History of Oregon (staff, resident artists)
- June 2017, NDN101 with Larissa FastHorse (Sicangu Lakota Nation) of Indigenous Direction (staff, board, resident artists)
- Fall 2016, Defining DEI Workshop with Taylor Group (Staff & Resident Artists)
- 2013, Portland Equity in the Arts Consortium with RACC