Cashmere Quick Hits 3/26

This week, our strategy team touches on women in the performing arts for the Cashmere Quick Hits! Stop and ponder this for a sec: - 51% of visual artists in the United States are women; on average, they earn 81¢ for every dollar made by male artists. (National Endowment for the Arts) Women working across arts professions make almost $20,000 less per year than men. (Artsy)

  • Women in the arts are found not to experience the “motherhood penalty” which in other industries results in a loss or stagnant income after children. But men in the arts do experience the “marriage premium,”—an increase in pay for married men of roughly $7,200 per year that neither women nor single men experience. Men working in the arts also receive an income bump when they become fathers. (Artsy)

  • ArtReview’s 2018 Power 100 list of the “most influential people in the contemporary art world” was 40% women—though this is an improvement from 2017 (38%) and 2016 (32%). (Art Review)

“I am a writer. I suppose I think that the highest gift that man has is art, and I am audacious enough to think of myself as an artist - that there is both joy and beauty and illumination and communion between people to be achieved through the dissection of personality.” - Lorraine Hansberry

Doors Open For Women And People Of Color At Top Ranked American Theaters

Across the country, scores of artistic directors, most of them white men who have served as community tastemakers for years, are leaving their jobs via retirements, oysters, and an industry wide round of musical chairs. As their successors are appointed, a shift is underway: according to a national survey conducted by two Bay Area directors, women have been named to 41 percent of the 85 jobs filled since 2015, and people of color have been named to 26 percent.Last week, the Actors Theater of Louisville, home to the career-making Humana Festival of New American Plays, named Robert Barry Fleming, an African-American performer and producer, as its next artistic director.Source: New York Times

Arizona Not Only Making Progress Politically But Also Creatively

Democrats finally won all three of Arizona's competitive congressional districts and by HUGE margins. The state of Arizona is making some key changes and one of those changes includes diversity and inclusivity in theatre. Under the last season under longtime artistic director David Ira Goldstein, the Arizona Theatre company’s six-play season featured zero female playwrights, and two-thirds of actors playing named characters (36 out of 54) were men. Nearly 95 percent of those actors were white. Those numbers are even worse than the previous seasons, in part because the one play by and about people of color “La Esquinita, USA” was a one man show.  The current season is the only one fully chosen by Ivers, and his claim that it is the company’s  most diverse ever is backed up by the numbers. On the stage, at least, there is real gender parity, with women getting 25 out of 49 named roles. Fully half of those roles are going to minority actors, with 12 Latino and 7 African- American characters and additional gains through colorblind casting. Backstage, two of 6 directors were women this season, compared with only one for each of the previous years. Two of the directors were minority. Source: AZ Central

New Zealand Music Festival Putting Women Front, Center And Behind The Stage

Milk and Honey is a music festival touring that took place on International Women’s Day. Milk and Honey is designed to celebrate the incredible range of women in the New Zealand music industry, both on the stage and behind it. The festival has three key aims: to celebrate the talented women in the NZ music industry; to create a platform where younger women will see role models they can aspire to; and to provide a safe space for music-lovers to enjoy. Milk and Honey isn’t a traditional music festival in a commercial sense but rather, it’s a series of one-day gigs acting as a vehicle for social change.Source: The Spinoff