Paths to Empowerment


Paths to Empowerment: A panel about democratically-run arts organizations with the San Francisco Mime Troupe, the Stud, HMD/The Bridge Project, and Campo Santo. Moderated by Nicole Gluckstern of IncivilitySF.

For the performing arts community, the pandemic shutdown has greatly affected the ability to create and present work for a live audience. But beyond this disruption in artistic practice, theatres and performing arts organizations are being asked to reconsider “business as usual,” as demands for equity and inclusion move to the forefront of conversation. As artists and companies consider their path forward, it’s well worth investigating the practices of arts organizations already working with cooperative and collective models. From the worker-owned San Francisco Mime Troupe and the Stud, to the collectively-run Campo Santo, to the equity-driven distributed leadership model being implemented by HMD.

Find out more about these approaches and their practitioners in a moderated panel discussion and Q & A about distributed leadership and democratic decision-making in the arts. We’ll explore the possibilities, challenges, and rewards of various models of collective and cooperative governance, and answer questions about the processes of founding or reimagining our arts organizations as democratically-run entities.

The event is free to attend, with required Eventbrite RSVP. A link to the Zoom room will be sent out a week prior to the event along with a packet of resources.

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