We’d Like Your Help
While bias exists in many beloved works of art and throughout our shared cultural history, we want to do our utmost to prevent the continuation of such bias now and in the future. Inequitable treatment in the arts is unacceptable by 21st century standards of equality. It must be our goal, in galleries and museums, opera houses, theaters, and concert halls to provide positive images of women.
Gender bias has existed in the arts for centuries. We won’t eliminate it overnight. And we can’t do it alone. We need your help to spread the word and create broader awareness of how gender bias affects women. We need to spread the word and create change, now.
We are looking for volunteer researchers, writers and teachers. We’d like to hear from you – what is your expertise, what are your arts passions, and how are you currently expressing and communicating them?
Strong female leaders in the arts provide motivation for us all. Find two of our favorite quotes here, and look for more inspiration in our References section.
“Do not wait for enough time or money to accomplish what you think you have in mind. Work with what you have right now. Work with the people around you right now…. Do not wait for what you assume is the appropriate, stress-free environment in which to generate expression…. Do not wait till you are sure that you know what you are doing…. What you do now, what you make of your present circumstances, will determine the quality and scope of your future endeavors.”
~ Anne Bogart
Anne Bogart, an acclaimed American theater and opera director, is currently one of the artistic directors of SITI Company. She is a professor at Columbia University and has authored numerous books on the art of theater.
“At the core of what I’m doing is a belief in the audience, a belief that populism doesn’t mean dumbing down theater, but rather giving the audience a voice and a role in experiencing theater.”
~ Diane Paulus
Diane Paulus is an American director of theater and opera. She became the Artistic Director of the American Repertory Theater at Harvard University in 2009; that same year she received the Harvard College Women’s Leadership Award and was also honored for her work by Columbia University. Paulus was nominated for the Best Director Tony Award for her revival of Hair, and won the award in 2013 for her revival of Pippin.
On a positive note, the 20th and 21st century has seen a growth in woman in the positions as opera and theater directors. We are beginning to see this growth movement of talented and strong women leading in the performing arts. Read more about how these women contributed to the arts in leadership roles. Click on the names below to read more.
Volunteer of the Month
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