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Symposium to Examine Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Performing Arts

Silhouettes of different color faces with the text: The Next Normal IDEAs for the future of the performing arts

A February 2022 report released by Slover Linett Audience Research shows that Americans believe the arts world needs to change. The survey of the arts and culture participants of more than 500 cultural organizations across the country found that 45 percent of Americans believe that systemic racism is present in some arts and culture genres, and 76 percent of Americans want arts and culture organizations “to be active in addressing social issues in their communities.” How might we reimagine the performing arts industry and performing arts training to advance racial equity in the field, diversify the range of creative voices on our stages, and build expanded audiences that fully reflect the diversity of our communities? The third installment of the Peabody Institute’s Next Normal symposium series will invite participants to share their collective knowledge in examining these questions, with a focus on overcoming barriers and elevating solutions.

SAVE THE DATE: Wednesday, April 27, 2022, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm EDT
The Next Normal: IDEAs for the Future of the Performing Arts
A free virtual symposium examining inclusion, diversity, equity, and anti-racism in the performing arts industry.

Registration will open in mid-March for this online event. Presenters and panelists will be announced in the coming weeks. Please visit for additional information and updates, as well as archived videos from previous Next Normal events.