Back in September of 2016, Americans for the Arts issued a statement that read, "cultural equity is critical to the long term viability of the arts sector." With that, many organizations have taken a very similar stance and strive to support diversity and inclusion.
The Importance of Diversity in the Arts
Art is an outlet for many artists for their emotions and their passions. It is one of the more powerful ways a person can express themselves and inspire others. Art in itself is an expression of diversity. Diversity has also made significant progress over the last two decades in performance art, and the arts and humanities are more essential than ever.
Art and Its Impact on the Community
Art and performance art have the power to change opinions, instill values, and translate different experiences across both space and time. Some studies have even shown that art affect the fundamental sense of self, whether it is through painting, performance, music, or literature.
Just a Trend?
Allan Kaprow once said, "The line between art and life should be kept as fluid, and perhaps indistinct, as possible." Kaprow ultimately changed the definition of art because it was no longer considered just an object to be viewed. Rather, it included movement, sound, and even scent.
While performance art may be trending and becoming more popular because of cultural diversity, it is by no means going to be considered just a trend. As we see it now, the number of organizations offering live performances is growing, Broadway plays and live opera performances are bringing in record-setting audience numbers, and the demand for commercial recordings of performances are in high demand.
Diversity in performance art is taking advantage of underserved venues and it promotes collaboration between the artists as well as those watching. Through performance art, the arts are kept alive (and not just a trend) due to the connections and experiences that performers and their audience create together.
From singing and dancing to music and theater, there are many ways art can touch different cultures and bring people together as one.
Cultural equality simply embodies the values and practices of people that have been underrepresented due to their race and ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, gender, and more. It supports a creative life for everyone no matter what their unique circumstances may be.
Today, art performance has the opportunity to confront a number of multi-faceted issues of cultural equality to help people better understand the role that inequality has played.
Many people prefer multicultural arts because it is family-friendly, truly multicultural, and collaborative. It allows for structure and community and allows people to make positive connections through experience.
To witness this first hand or to experience what we mean by diversity in art performance, contact the Multicultural Arts Exchange for more information and showings. With them, there is always a new experience to be had.