News and Updates
From Ginny's Desk: Surfacing and Countering Implicit Bias
Monday, March 27, 2017 12:00 AM


Surfacing and Countering Unconscious Bias:

The First Steps Towards Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Special Workshops on Thursday, April 13, 2017

3:00 – 5:00 PM - Group A

6:30 – 8:30 PM - Group B

Location to be announced

On Thursday, April 13th, A.R.T./New York is hosting two workshops on Implicit Bias. Alicin Williamson and Whitney Tome, Principal and Counsel with the Raben Group, a national public policy firm committed to opening the doors of power and influence for lasting inclusive change, will lead the workshop. With offices in Washington, DC and New York City, the Raben Group offers services in Strategic Communications; Government Relations; Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; and Strategic Planning.  We urge all members to come and to bring a board member as well!

What is Implicit Bias?

According to Emanuella Grinberg, CNN’s contributing writer on Race and Reality in America::

“Implicit bias refers to attitudes or stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions and decisions in an unconscious manner, according to the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, which publishes an annual Implicit Bias Review. It's different from suppressed thoughts we might conceal to keep the peace; it's the opposite of explicit bias, which refers to attitudes or beliefs that we fully admit to.

Recent claims of overt and covert discrimination on college campuses and in policing raise the question: How does someone's unconscious reaction to people of a different race, religion or sexuality influence their judgment and behavior? When CNN asked psychologists and social scientists to explain how implicit bias manifests in everyday life, many were reluctant to commit to an answer, because it's hard to rule out alternative explanations.

In other words, it can happen, but it's hard to prove.”


According to Charles Gallagher, Chairman of the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at LaSalle University in Philadelphia, “When you think backwards, what you think is normal is really cultural pressure that pushes you into bias, implicit and conscious.”

In our workshop, we will explore how to recognize implicit bias in your lives.  Only through self-awareness can we begin to combat it.

For more information, you might wish to read these articles prior to the workshop:

  1. Juliet Bourke, Christie Smith, Heather Stockton, Nicky Wakefield, From diversity to inclusion: Move from compliance to diversity as a business strategy, (Deloitte University Press, 2014).  
  2. Sylvia Ann Hewlett, Maggie Jackson, Ellis Cose, and Courtney Emerson, Vaulting the Color Bar: How Sponsorship Levers Multicultural Professionals Into Leadership, (Center for Talent Innovation, 2012).
  3. Gardiner Morse, Designing a Bias-Free Organization, (Harvard Business Review, 2016).


And please, join us for the workshop on April 13

Register for Group A - 3-5pm »

Register for Group B - 6:30-8:30pm »




2017 Creative Opportunity Fund recipients!
Thursday, March 23, 2017 12:00 AM


A.R.T./New York is pleased to announce the recipients of the first NYSCA-A.R.T./New York Creative Opportunity Fund (A Statewide Theatre Regrant Program).

The NYSCA-A.R.T./New York Creative Opportunity Fund is a new regrant program that provides funds for small, New York State-based theatres and projects to support either organizational growth or the development of new work. The goal of the Creative Opportunity Fund is to provide a funding opportunity with a simple application process accessible to small organizations, unincorporated entities, and individual theatre artists in the interest of creating high-quality, professional theatre for the public of New York State.

A.R.T./New York Deputy Director, Ann Marie Lonsdale said, "Partnering with NYSCA to flow more money into the theatre field statewide is a huge honor for A.R.T./New York. They are fantastic partners and have invested so much in the community. It's exciting to see the diversity and breadth of the theatre field across New York State. We're really proud to be a part of this project."

The application closed on January 9th, and led to one of the most competitive grant processes in A.R.T./New York's history. We awarded a total of $42,500 to 20 companies for the 2017 fiscal year. Grants were awarded in two categories:

Opportunity To Create

Hip to Hip Theatre Company 
Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Arts 
Kyoung's Pacific Beat 
Lesser America 
The Movement Theatre Company 
New Phoenix Theatre on the Park 
Paramount Hudson Valley Arts 
Quick Silver Theater Company 
Steps Theatre 
Theatre 167 
Untitled Theater Company No. 61

Opportunity To Grow

Broken Box Mime Theater 
Jewish Repertory Theatre of Western New York 
Little Lord 
Prospect Theater Company 
Restless Productions NYC 
Shake on the Lake, Inc. 
Sheas 710 Main Theatre
Theater Breaking Through Barriers Corp.

Congratulations to our inaugural grantees! 
We'd also like to thank all of the applicants for being a part of the first ever selection process. We're thrilled to take what we learned this first year as we look forward to embarking on this grantmaking process yet again in FY2018. Look for more information and dates in Fall 2018.
Advocacy Alert: A National Call To Action
Tuesday, March 21, 2017 12:00 AM



"This country cannot afford to be materially rich and spiritually poor"
-- The words of the late President, John F. Kennedy, which appear on the outside of the Kennedy Center 

President Trump has called for the elimination of the National Endowment of the Arts, the National Endowment of the Humanities, the Institute of Museum Services, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting: 

The New York Times reported that Mike Mulvaney, the president's budget director, said at a news conference on Thursday

"I put myself in the shoes of that steelworker in Ohio ... the coal-mining family in West Virginia. The mother of two in Detroit. And I'm saying, 'O.K., I have to go ask these folks for money and I have to tell them where I'm going to spend it.' Can I really go to those folks, look them in the eye, and say, 'Look, I want to take money from you and I want to give it to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting'?" 

Dear Mr. President and Mr. Mulvaney, YES YOU CAN! 

Why else would a spokeswoman for Senator Capito, who is on the appropriations committee and represents thousands of coal workers in her state, say that she would "advocate for her priorities, including funding for the arts and humanities, which are important to our economy and communities?"

Trust me, Mr. President--that mother of two in Detroit knows that her children have a greater chance of success in school if they are exposed to the arts. 

According to the Detroit Free Press, "NEA funding has been instrumental in helping the Matrix [Theatre] reach young people in Detroit. A 2015 grant of $20,000, for instance, engaged 700 youths in theater arts programs at the Matrix location and other sites. 'Doing some quick math, that's about $30 per child.'"
    1. March 21st is National Arts Advocacy Day. Call your Congressman, your two Senators, and the White House. Tell them you are a constituent and that you support sustained funding for the NEA and other cultural agencies. 

      To find out your Congressman/woman's phone number, go to

      Senate phone numbers: 
      Kirsten Gillibrand (D) New York - (202) 224-4451 

      Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer  (D) New York - (202) 224-6542 

      Cory A. Booker (D) New Jersey - (202) 224-3224 
      Robert Menendez (D) New Jersey - (202) 224-4744 

      Richard Blumenthal (D) Connecticut - (202) 224-2823 
      Christopher Murphy (D) Connecticut - (202) 224-4041

      You can also call the White House comment line at 202-456-1111
    2. Share this information on Facebook, and reach out to your friends. 
    3. Ask those small businesses with whom you work to make these calls as well. 
    4. Go to and join their campaign or follow their Toolkit to create your own. 
Many, many thanks to all of you! Together we can make a difference!


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