Diversity is Not Equity: A Focus on Fundamentals for the Arts

Friday, January 18
2:00-3:15 PM
Nederlander Room, 9th Floor


Kaisha S. Johnson

Diversity and inclusion have rapidly emerged as major imperatives for organizations across the performing arts. Indeed, these values naturally reflect the inclusive, democratic nature of ensemble performance and collaborative art-making. But diversity and inclusion alone don’t create equity—they are simply tools to help achieve it. Creating racial and cultural equity requires paying attention to the factors that contribute to disparities, from bias and discriminatory practice (which we all consciously and unconsciously participate in) to structural inequities in our institutions. In this grounding session, we will begin to unpack why equity, diversity, and inclusion are more than mandated initiatives, but living practices that impact our entire ecosystem—from artists, administrators, audiences, and our broader communities.