Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion –
Red Barn Productions DEI Plan
At Red Barn Productions, we believe in equity as a way of life. Our art and our craft has always been based in the knowledge that joyous, creative encounters between people can truly change lives for the better. As a production company, we strive to use our voice and our resources in ways that create a positive impact on our audiences, our community of artists and artisans, and the larger society of which we are a part.
Knowing this, we are actively working towards addressing historic injustices in the performing arts, and to dismantle harmful power dynamics within our own business practices and events. Using our art in service of a wider vision of social change, we are committed to taking action. This 3-Year DEI Plan seeks to be a real-time, ongoing reflection of our process, our progress, and our accountability. We expect that all our participants and customers also agree to our Code of Conduct. We will keep our participant community informed through regular updates and maintain an ongoing dialogue with our community partners. Questions can be e-mailed to [email protected].
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Red Barn Productions Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Red Barn Productions values equity, diversity, and inclusion and is committed to approaching the company’s work through the lens of DEI. Red Barn Productions acknowledges that BIPOC and LGBTQ+ communities have historically been underrepresented in the Living History community and recognizes that including and celebrating a full spectrum of identities brings vibrancy to all such presentations and events. The inclusion of differences such as ability, age, background, beliefs, ethnicity, gender, gender expression, race, sexual orientation, physical ability, socioeconomic status, and all other identities represented across performers, vendors, and audiences, helps enrich lives – inside and outside of the events the company produces, and in the larger Living History community.
Red Barn Productions believes it is the responsibility of all businesses participating in its events, as well as those responsible for hiring and casting on its behalf, to provide a safe, supportive, and inclusive environment that supports diversity, equity, and inclusion at all levels.
Social Justice Resources
Recent events call upon us as artists to dispense with “good enough” and re-imagine our institutions, our communities, and our economic systems through the lens of genuine equality. As Red Barn Productions works to formulate a plan of action with and for our participants, we offer these resources for valuable information, trainings, and thought leadership. Please donate, educate, and participate:
- As a member of Theatre Bay Area (TBA), Red Barn Productions supports the health of the theatre community throughout the region. TBA has excellent resources on Harassment and Anti-Racism. We encourage everyone to take the time to explore and share these resources.
- NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund: The legal arm of this national anti-racism nonprofit. Please consider donating to their legal defense fund.
- Americans for the Arts: This national organization’s “Cultural Equity” website page offers tools and templates to assist with cultural equity in the arts, as well as reports and equity training consultants.
- The Village Project: The Village Project is a non-profit, community-based organization providing a safe haven for academic, cultural, and enrichment activities for youth ages 6 to 17 and their families.
- Shuumi Land Tax: A voluntary annual contribution that non-Indigenous people living on the Confederated Villages of Lisjan’s (Ohlone) territory can make to support the critical work of the Sogorea Te’ Land Trust.
- List of Anti-Racism Resources: A collection of resources for those just beginning their personal anti-racism journey. Check back for new additions!