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Our New Best Friends: Diversity On & Off Stageby Tim Miner on January 6, 2021
Diversity On & Off Stage
Charlotte stages can make us laugh, cry, sing and dream … sometimes simultaneously. They often make us confront uncomfortable truths about life. Even now, quieted by COVID-19, stages have the power to inspire us to change.
Stages — and the people who perform on them — can engage hearts and minds to confront and address social justice. And, that’s what our new best friends at Diversity On & Off Stage are all about.
Formed in the wake of George Floyd’s murder, the group is a collective of Charlotte-area artists and arts leaders dedicated to providing resources and a network to help leaders build equitable, just, inclusive practices for their organizations.
To help creatives hold each other accountable, Diversity On & Off Stage is encouraging individuals and organizations to take their Pledge to be an advocate for a better community for all.
The group has also embraced a new kind of stage … Zoom. Each month, the group plays host to a Zoom event focuses on fostering diversity and inclusion in a different area of the arts. Meetings are open to the public. Upcoming topics include:
- Jan. 25, 2021: Dancers and the Dance Community
- Feb. 22, 2021: Comedy Scene
- Mar. 22, 2021: Film and Video
- Apr. 26, 2021: Fashion Focus