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June 15, 2009


Brian Golden

Yes. I personally also think you will see some of the more "traditionally female" disciplines (in quotes because I fully understand the inaccurate generalization) such as costume design underpaid and underappreciated.

Barbara Koenen

I think about the female/male ratio in the arts all the time and I think your overall observations are correct. I'm not sure about common sense v love of arts, but I do think that discussion of this topic can bring about recognition, actions and change. So, what do we do about it?



Continuing the discussion, in as public a manner as possible is a start (I think). Sometimes you just have to let people know . . . that YOU KNOW . . . something isn't working here.

I also think there could be a roll for a gender specific organization to formally address these issues. Maybe one of their duties could be identifying the best arts organizations for a women to work for . . . thereby giving those groups a competitive advantage over everybody else.

jen j.

I am curious about the pay scale internationally for employees of arts organizations.

Is there a relationship between societal value of the arts and salaries in the arts?

Toronto has a city art plan...affordable places for artists to live and work. It seems they value what the arts offer a community.

Chris Casquilho

This discussion came up at a panel we held for the Emerging Upstate Arts Professionals (chapter of Americans for the Arts Creative Conversations). Most of the people in the room were women, and several things came up, including a laundry list of things related to gender - the expectation that female arts admins might be in a household where they are not the primary wage earner, young single women being at the bottom of the white-collar salary food-chain already, etc.


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