Advocacy & Activism

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APAP|NYC Conference
APAP|NYC is the world's premier gathering of the performing arts presenting industry and the annual members conference of APAP, the Association of Performing Arts Professionals. The next conference is January 10-14, 2020.

Statera National Conference
StateraArts hosts an annual conference focused on their mission of taking positive action to bring women into full and equal participation in the American Theatre. The next conference is October 25-27, 2019 in NYC.

TCG National Conference
Theatre Communications Group convenes nearly 1,000 theatre makers each year looking to manage their relationship to ever-present change: in their art, their institutions, and their communities. The next conference is June 5-7, 2019 in Miami.


 50 50 by 2020
A space (founded by Shonda Rhimes) for working towards equity in Hollywood by the year 2020. Their website includes statistics, resources, and a call to action.

AGE Advance Gender Equity in the Arts
Advance Gender Equity in the Arts (AGE) is a Portland, Oregon-based social justice movement founded in 2014 to advance intersectional gender equity in the arts. AGE is committed to advancing equity, diversity and inclusion in the arts through grants, advocacy, community outreach, and activism.

artEquity offers training and consulting services to individuals and organizations on creating and sustaining a culture of equity and inclusion through the arts and culture. Training topics address structural and systemic issues of identity, power-sharing language and communication, team building, and strategies to initiate and normalize equity-based approaches in organizational and community culture.

Anti-Violence Project
The Anti-Violence Project empowers lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and HIV-affected communities and allies to end all forms of violence through organizing and education, and supports survivors through counseling and advocacy.

Building up black women in the performing arts for the restoration of culture.

Catalyst Project
Catalyst Project is a center for political education and movement building based in the San Francisco Bay Area.  They are committed to anti-racist work with the goal of deepening anti-racist commitment in white communities and building multiracial left movements for liberation. They are also committed to creating spaces for activists and organizers to come together to develop relevant theory, vision, and strategy to build anti-racist movements.  

Equal Rights Advocates
A national legal enforcement organization with helplines and online "Know Your Rights" materials including a Sexual Harassment in the Office Toolkit.

Gender Pronouns Guide
A deep-dive guide created by the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee about pronoun use, gender inclusive pronouns, and a history of gender inclusive pronouns.

Highlander Center
Highlander Center are a catalyst for grassroots organizing and movement building in Appalachia and the South. They work with people fighting for justice, equality and sustainability, supporting their efforts to take collective action to shape their own destiny.

International Centre for Women Playwrights
ICWP's mission is to connect, inspire and empower women playwrights to achieve equality on the world stages.

The Lilly Awards
The Lilly Awards were started in the Spring of 2010 as an outlet to honor the work of women in the American theater. In partnership with the Dramatists Guild, The Lilly Awards have gathered resources and conducted a national survey simply called The Count that accurately showcases which theaters are producing the work of women, and which are not. The Lilly Awards Foundation is dedicated to honoring the work of women in the American theater.

National Center for Transgender Equality
The National Center for Transgender Equality is the nation’s leading social justice advocacy organization, creating life-saving change for transgender people. The NCTE also provides resources for transgender people and allies.

National Disability Rights Network
Protection and advocacy for individuals with disabilities.

National Women’s Law Center
A national legal network to combat gender discrimination.

PAAL - Parent Artist Advocacy League
A collective of individuals and theatre organizations committed to family-friendly practices in the performing arts. PAAL’s goals are to empower and advocate for the parent-artist, both employee and freelance, in collaboration with theatre organizations in order to raise awareness of parent artist obstacles in the theatre and create work-life balance interventions, healthy work culture, stable protocols, and accessible pathways to employment.

SAGE - Advocacy & Services for LGBT Elders
SAGE is a national advocacy and services organization that’s been looking out for LGBT elders since 1978. They build welcoming communities and keep LGBT issues in the national conversation to ensure a fulfilling future for all LGBT people.

SURJ - Showing Up for Racial Justice
SURJ is a national multi-racial movement to undermine white support for white supremacy and to help build a racially just society.

UNDOING RACISM - The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond
The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond (PISAB) focuses on understanding what racism is, where it comes from, how it functions, why it persists and how it can be undone. Our workshops utilize a systemic approach that emphasizes learning from history, developing leadership, maintaining accountability to communities, creating networks, undoing internalized racial oppression and understanding the role of organizational gate keeping as a mechanism for perpetuating racism.

USDAC - United States Department of Arts & Culture
The U.S. Department of Arts and Culture is a people-powered department—a grassroots action network inciting creativity and social imagination to shape a culture of empathy, equity, and belonging. The USDAC offers multiple programs and resources. Below you’ll find two free guides for citizen artist/activists.

  • Art Became the Oxygen: An Artistic Response Guide links readers to more than 150 amazing projects across the U.S., offering guidance on how to take constructive, welcome artistic action in response to emergency, disaster, or crisis. 

  • Art & Well-Being: Toward a Culture of Health is for every day, not only emergencies. Asking what art can do to nurture a culture of health, it covers preventionArt can shine a light on essential truths about our individual and collective well-being. AdvocacyArt can advocate for the rights of those facing health challenges. And treatment: Art can engage, serve, partner, and support those living with health challenges. 

WOCA - Women of Color in the Arts
Women of Color in the Arts is dedicated to creating racial and cultural equity in the performing arts field, by promoting professional opportunities for arts administrators and providing a platform to give voice and visibility to women of color.