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Conversations

role: researching and holding space for difficult conversations toward field-wide change
PC: Michèle Steinwald (National Performance Network conference, San Francisco, 2017)

January 4, 2019

Artists Building a Code of Ethics in the Era of #MeToo

In collaboration with Emily Marks

Presented by Association of Performing Arts Professionals conference in partnership with American Realness, New York

In response to #MeToo and other social justice movements, artists and artistic communities are developing codes of ethics to hold themselves and others accountable, as instances of implicit bias and of explicit harassment gain greater recognition in society and in our field.

Panel: Elaina Di Monaco (Philadelphia Theatre: A Code of Ethics), Laura T. Fisher (Not in Our House), Emily Marks (Memphis Performing Arts Coalition), Imani Uzuri (We Have Voice), Taja Will (Diversity & Inclusion Committee at Earthdance), with Michèle Steinwald (facilitator).

http://americanrealness.com/portfolio-type/michele-steinwald/

Saying No in a Culture of Yes: Artists Building a Code of Ethics in the #MeToo Era article: https://circustalk.com/news/saying-no-in-a-culture-of-yes-artists-building-a-code-of-ethics-in-the-metoo-era

December 14, 2018

Building a Code of Ethics

In collaboration with Emily Marks

Presented by National Performance Network conference, Pittsburgh

 

Following the #MeToo movement and addressing aesthetic biases based in racial prejudice, communities of practice are building their own explicit codes of ethics to hold themselves and others accountable in response to this time of exposing the perpetrators in our field. Session will include case studies and calls for action.

Panel: Emily Marks (Collaborator/Memphis Performing Arts Coalition), Laura T. Fisher (Co-Founder/Not in Our House), Nia Benjamin (Committee Member/Philadelphia Theatre: A Code of Ethics), Video contribution from Taja Will (Facilitator/Diversity & Inclusion Committee at Earthdance), with Michèle Steinwald (facilitator).

October 5, 2018

Building Accountability in the Dance Field: An Interview with Michèle Steinwald

In conversation with choreographer Hope Mohr

Published by Hope Mohr Dance blog

https://www.hopemohr.org/blog/2018/9/30/building-accountability-in-the-dance-field-an-interview-with-michele-steinwald

April 3, 2018

Decolonizing Curatorial Practice 101 

Presented by Interrarium Curator’s Symposium at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

 

A guided conversation adapted from previous collaboration with Dr. Ananya Chatterjea

https://www.quebecdanse.org/actu/2018/05/17/deepening-the-conversation-among-performance-curators-in-canada-the-interrarium-curators-symposium/

January 15, 2018

Difference and Description: Power, Politics, and the Words We Use

In collaboration with Dr. Ananya Chatterjea

Presented by Association of Performing Arts Professionals conference in partnership with American Realness, New York

 

How do we understand “innovation,” “cutting-edge,” and “contemporary?” How do artists working with non-mainstream, “culturally specific” aesthetic traditions relate to these categories? This session examines invisible cultural biases in the language we use.

http://americanrealness.com/portfolio-type/difference-and-description-power-politics-and-the-words-we-use/ 

January 12, 2018

Decolonizing Curatorial Practice 101 

In collaboration with Dr. Ananya Chatterjea

Presented by Association of Performing Arts Professionals conference in partnership with American Realness

 

A group dialogue based in Bryan Brayboy’s “Four Rs,” exploring how to build “Relationships based on Respect and Reciprocity and taking seriously our Responsibility” when presenting individuals and their art works. The session will include practical steps toward breaking down Colonial patterns in curation.

http://americanrealness.com/portfolio-type/decolonizing-curatorial-practice-101/

December 16, 2017

Decolonizing Aesthetics and Curatorial Practices in Dance: A guided discussion to identify collective first steps in making a difference

In collaboration with Dr. Ananya Chatterjea

Presented by the National Performance Network conference, San Francisco

 

This workshop will begin with an acknowledgement that all contemporary aesthetics emerge from specific locations. We will examine invisible cultural biases. We will identify the issues around historically centered whiteness in order to decolonize our inherited curatorial practices. Based in Bryan Brayboy’s motto of the Four Rs, together we will discuss how to build “Relationships based on Respect and Reciprocity, and taking seriously our Responsibility” when supporting artists and their work.


 

Additional conference sessions developed specifically for DCASE (City of Chicago, cultural affairs and special events) curatorial convening (2016), Arts Midwest conferences (2011 & 2014), and DanceUSA conferences (2012 & 2013 + 2014 host and showcase curatorial committees)