With assistance we’ll engage a Diversity and Inclusion specialist to do workshops with staff, board, and artists. The goal will be to ensure leadership acknowledge and examine personal and organizational biases and that we begin to understand the barriers for under represented artists.
In conducting this audit, we seek to understand our diversity deficits. We’ll start by classifying participation in recent Fringes, asking the following questions and more: How many artists were people of colour? What percentage was this of all participants? How do they learn about the Fringe? How many artists of colour can we identify that would be possible participants? What are the barriers? Cost? Different production culture? Language? Lack of information on how the Fringe works?
The audit will be socially innovative by examining power structures and to redistribute opportunity to those who may not be able to access it. By understanding why Vancouver’s diversity is not reflected in the Fringe, we seek to change. Once we know what the barriers are, we can address them. While this project aims to serve the needs of artists of colour, the more diverse the content on our stages is, the more diverse the audience—and the exposure to different cultures engenders higher levels of cross cultural understanding and dialogue.