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Community Standards - 2021 Gala Series

Welcome & Intention Setting

Every individual is entitled to feel safe and supported in their community.  When you attend an A.R.T./New York event, you are a part of our community. A.R.T./New York works to ensure that every event is accessible, giving each attendee the ability to engage as much or as little as they wish.  It is our goal to foster a wholly inclusive environment in which each attendee feels taken care of. You are encouraged to honor your personal needs and exit any conversation, room, or venue as you wish and will be welcome upon your return at any time.

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A.R.T./New York's Commitment to Accountability and Innovation

Our Internal Work

In July 2020, the We Are A.R.T./New York Coalition published a letter detailing racial injustices taking place at our organization. The subsequent leadership transition has been one critical piece of a much larger, longer, and more holistic process, which even in its early stages has seen us take steps forward, and also steps back. The Coalition, a group of current and former staff, has already provided a significant amount of labor and continues to model brave leadership as we begin identifying and dismantling the systemically racist structures embedded in our organization. Through the formation of Ethics and Accountability Committees at the Staff and Board levels, A.R.T./New York is currently examining our internal practices through the lens of our newly updated Values so that we may begin the process of innovating and rebuilding our organization in a more equitable way. This process will be multi-faceted and never-ending, but it will include, among other things a full audit of A.R.T./New York’s current internal and external practices, including:
  • Our hiring practices
  • Internal work culture
  • Staffing structures
  • Member facing program offerings. 

Since July 27, 2020 we have been supported by a team of facilitators led by Alexandra Meda, who have been vital partners in the process thus far. We have pledged to our stakeholders, including our membership, to work together through a transparent and collaborative process, and we will continue to provide our community with detailed updates on our progress as it continues to evolve.  

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Leon Levy Foundation Awards $250,000 Grant to A.R.T./New York, Creates Covid Relief Fund to Support NYC Small Theatres

Initial Grant Recipients Include 55 New York City Theatres

(January 27, 2021 - New York, NY) The Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York (A.R.T./New York) (Risa Shoup, Interim Executive Director) announced today the creation of the Leon Levy Foundation COVID Relief Fund, initiated with a $250,000 grant to support small New York City theatres in conjunction with A.R.T./New York Relief Fund for NYC Small Theatres.

A.R.T./New York also announced 55 recipients of the first round of the A.R.T./New York Relief Fund for NYC Small Theatres.

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Virginia Louloudes Steps Down from A.R.T./New York

November 11, 2020

The Executive Committee and Board of The Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York (A.R.T./New York) announced today that Virginia P. Louloudes has stepped down from her position as Executive Director. Risa Shoup, who was named Interim Executive Director in August 2020 when Louloudes began her leave, will now continue in the position through July 2021, an extension of 6 months. 

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July 17, 2020 Statement from the Executive Committee

Statement from the A.R.T./New York Executive Committee
July 17, 2020

The A.R.T./New York Executive Committee is in dialogue with We Are A.R.T/New York (a group of current and former employees) and is grateful to them for raising their concerns with us and for sharing what they’ve witnessed. The Executive Director of A.R.T./New York has been placed on administrative leave as we retain outside counsel to conduct an independent investigation. We are specifically seeking a team that includes BIPOC-identifying employment attorneys; and/or to involve a BIPOC advocate in all steps of the process.
The Executive Committee and Board of A.R.T./New York fully support any and all efforts to make A.R.T./New York a better and more inclusive, equitable organization. A.R.T/New York is an evolving organization in an evolving world. We recognize the need to look at not only our current behavior but the organizational behavior that has brought us to this point. We are taking all necessary steps to bring that to fruition in an open, transparent, and collaborative manner and we are ready to get to work.