News and Updates
New Program: Diversifying Our Boards
Thursday, August 17, 2017 12:00 AM

Diversifying Our Boards 

We recently received one of three Katherine S. and Axel G. Rosin Fund grants from The Scherman Foundation to support a brand new Board of Directors diversification program. In collaboration with national diversity consultants from The Raben Group and Hewlett Consulting Partners, A.R.T./New York will offer field research, workshops, and networking events to create more inclusive theatre cultures and connect professionals of color with nonprofit theatre boards. 

“Working with Alicin Williamson and Whitney Tome of the Raben Group's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Practice, A.R.T./New York will develop a thoughtful and ambitious strategy for making New York City's nonprofit theatre sector more inclusive through facilitation and training; market research and events with members of affinity groups such as The Hispanic Federation, the Center for Urban Professionals, and the Urban League.”

–Ginny Louloudes, Executive Director of A.R.T./New York

 

Alicin Williamson leads The Raben Group’s New York office, where she draws on her diverse experience conceiving of and managing large-scale initiatives in government affairs, media strategy, employee engagement, brand reputation, and communications to help advance her clients’ missions.

Diversity and inclusion play a central role in Alicin’s own mission, and she is a leader in that work for The Raben Group. Her clients range multinational corporations to national and local non-profit organizations.

Alicin partners with client senior leadership and management on vision alignment, thought leadership, and diversity and inclusion. She helped craft Airbnb’s original public policy strategy and their diversity work, worked with the board of NAMIC to create systems change and organizational redesign as they experienced a leadership transition. Alicin has led projects developing and implementing communications plans regarding key issues on diversity both externally and internally.

Prior to joining Raben, Alicin built her career fostering public affairs and corporate social responsibilities initiatives. She served as a Senior VP at MTV Networks and Viacom where she created the company’s Corporate Responsibility and Public Affairs department and helped build the Office of Global Inclusion to increase company visibility in diverse communities and aid diversity recruitment efforts. Alicin also partnered with Viacom Government Affairs, building coalitions between advocacy groups and corporate relations in support of the company’s legislative agenda and oversaw employee engagement.As a program director and Senior Program Officer at The Fund for the City of New York, Alicin provided technical assistance and capacity building to city agencies and nonprofit youth-serving organizations.Alicin has been recognized with a commendation from the City of New York for women’s leadership, induction to the YWCA Academy of Women Leaders, and a “Woman of Influence” award from Essence Magazine and several recognitions from the cable and telecommunications industry.Alicin serves on the board executive committees of the New York Urban League, Food Research and Action Center and as board chair of All Souls School. She previously was on the board of NAMIC and the USO.


Whitney Tome has worked with fishermen, environmentalists, advocates, political strategists, government employees, and thought leaders to develop the approach and solutions needed for the problem. Combining her facilitation skills, knowledge of environmental issues, and understanding of people, Whitney is able to walk into any room, ask the right questions, develop a strategy in the moment and leave everyone with action items and tasks.Prior to joining the Raben Group, Whitney served as the director of diversity and inclusion at the National Parks Conservation Association where she lead, defined and crafted metrics and measures for the organization’s diversity and inclusion efforts. Whitney has advised complex ocean stakeholder processes as a Program Manager and Mediator at the Meridian Institute including facilitating public meetings for regional ocean planning bodies that included state, federal and tribal partners.At Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), Whitney served as a strategist, cat herder and trusted advisor in dozens of state and federal political campaigns. She also developed, launched and grew the Fisheries Leadership and Sustainability Forum – a partnership between EDF, Duke and Stanford. Whitney developed everything from the curriculum for fisheries managers to managing the steering committee, budget and partners for the Fisheries Forum.In developing the Fisheries Forum. Whitney adopted a ‘soup to nuts’ management process. She developed the curriculum for and identified experts in fisheries science, law and policy to help educate federal fisheries managers. Her subtle, yet persuasive approach with fishermen, state and federal employees earned her respect. Within a few short years, due to Whitney’s continuous relationship building, and well-executed and informative events, the National Marine Fisheries Service asked the Forum to lead an entire sector of the largest conference in the United States focused on the reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Act – Managing Our Nation’s Fisheries Conference.Whitney earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Middlebury College and a J.D. from American University’s Washington College of Law. She also won the International Chamber of Commerce’s (ICC) International Mediation Competition in Paris, France.In addition to serving as Counsel, Whitney is also the executive director for Green 2.0, an initiative to increase the racial diversity of the largest national environmental NGOs, foundations and federal government agencies.

 

 

 
 
Shared Office Space
Thursday, July 13, 2017 12:00 AM

Shared Office Space from A.R.T./New York

 
 
 
Another thing we've learned from the member report card: more of you want office space, and you don't want to wait till you've got a staff big enough to fill a large office.
 
A full-sized office year-round is great... for some companies. But project-based producers, small companies, and independent producers have different needs. In a step toward meeting those needs, later this summer we'll be offering shared office space at Spaces @ 520 so we can help more members take their work out of their apartments and into an office.
You can rent a dedicated desk in a new shared office at 520 8th Avenue for $425 a month. Need two desks? for only $700 a month you can have two!  We're making working in midtown Manhattan more affordable.
 
For these renters A.R.T./New York will offer:
  • Furniture! The desk, chair, a (locking) filing cabinet, we've got them for you.
  • Mailing Address! Get your mail delivered here, it's your office after all.
  • Access to the shared Copier/Printer, just like our regular office renters.
  • Access to the shared Kitchen on our floor
  • Free Wi-Fi and Internet access
  • Keys! It sounds small, but it means access to your office whenever the building is open. You work when you want to work. We can even hook you up with a keycard to get into the building (no more waiting in line at security)
That's all in addition to a prime location. Not only will you have a work space in midtown Manhattan, you'll share the floor with 20+ other theatre companies, A.R.T/New York's own Main Office, and our rehearsal studios (not to mention all the other rehearsal spaces at 520and in the area!)  You can leave rehearsal and walk straight to work.
 

And we're adjusting the model to make office space feasible for more of you!

  • Flexible commitment: if you only need an office for a few months while your show is running, that's fine. you can let us know the length of your rental upfront, and if your needs change give us 30 days notice before ending your rental.
  • No deposit: the cost of your rental is the cost of your rental. No need to worry about huge costs upfront. All you need is your rent to start work in your new shared space.

 

Got questions?

This is new for us, and we're still figuring out all the details. Maybe you have a question about something that hasn't even occurred to us yet? If you've got questions email Roberto Cambeiro at rcambeiro@art-newyork.org.

 

Interested?

Spaces is limited, and like with our regular office space, we anticipate demand being much higher than supply. Please, fill out the interest form on our site to let us know you want a desk. Our facilities staff will follow up with you to confirm and contract your rental.

 

 

INTEREST FORM »

 

Psst! There's more!

Keep your eyes peeled. This is just the beginning. We've got big plans for more ways to access office space (drop-in office anyone?) that we'll be announcing in late 2017.

 
 
Advocacy Alert: White Space
Tuesday, July 11, 2017 12:00 AM

Protect Access To Wireless Microphone Technology in White Space

Share your support! Copy & Paste these sample tweets:
 We're joining @artny72 in support of an @FCC proceeding to ensure theatres can continue operating wireless mics. http://bit.ly/2uNhQLg
  Theatres need access to White Space, and Microsoft filed a statement with the @FCC to block our access. Learn more: http://bit.ly/2uNhQLg
Dear A.R.T./New York Members,

For the past few years, A.R.T./New York has been part of the Performing Arts Wireless Microphone Working Group in an effort to ensure that the FCC continue to allow nonprofit theatres free access to "white space" so that wireless microphones can be used without interference.

What is "white space"? Wireless microphones, backstage communication, and many sound systems for hearing impaired audiences rely on the "white space" frequencies between broadcast channels of the television band. 
On July 3rd, Microsoft filed a statement trying to block our access to "white space".
 
Here is a link to a statement and a history of our endeavors to protect your "white space", that is on TCG's website: http://bit.ly/2sILjV7

Please amplify our message by posting our statement below on your websites, and also posting on Twitter and other social media! If you have connections to influential figures who can help spread the word, so much the better!
 
Please let me know if you have any questions.
 
Yours,
 

Ginny

A.R.T./New York's Statement

 

new opportunity for interference protection for wireless microphones used in theatre is possible! To preserve and promote high standards of artistry onstage; safety for stagehands, actors, and audiences; and accessibility for hearing-impaired patrons in our audiences, A.R.T./New York​ supports an imminent FCC proceeding that has been opposed by Microsoft.

On Thursday, July 13, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will hold its July Open Meeting and has proposed to consider a new proceeding prompted by petitions filed by Shure and Sennheiser, two wireless microphone manufacturers. This new proceeding would propose permitting certain qualifying professional theatre, music, performing arts organizations, and similar organizations to obtain Part 74 licenses to operate wireless mics based on the applicant’s demonstrated need and requisite professional ability to operate in the bands, even if they routinely use fewer than 50 wireless microphones.

 
 
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