Sam White | Statera Advisory Board & Breakout Session
About this session: For decades arts organizations have said they want to be multicultural, yet most were passive in their efforts to change. The one “person of color” play and the “token” staff member continued to be the norm. It has become clear that structural change within the organization is critical. In addition to examining decision making and culture, deeply embedded beliefs and values need to be addressed on the individual level. How can we help organizations become transforming institutions where diversity, in all its forms, is viewed as an asset and policies and procedures are intentional in creating full participation of all? Please join this team of artEquity alums as we discuss how to create structural change to build fully inclusive arts organizations.
Sam White is the Founding Artistic & Executive Director of Shakespeare in Detroit where she has produced 12 productions in 5 seasons. She has been recognized by the BBC, Southwest Airlines, Complex Magazine and Playbill for her work in the city as an entrepreneur, theatre director and producer. White is currently the Paul Nicholson Arts Management Fellow at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.