Giving Tuesday is a global movement of giving back after a weekend of consumption via Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
“To me, this is a time for us to reflect on our history and move intentionally towards a future crafted through innovation, collaboration, the unveiling of new and diverse voices, and as always, the company’s ability to push boundaries in the artform of dance.”
—Kirsten Wicklund, Company Dancer
This Giving Tuesday, we want to highlight a BC-based organization, the SEARA Fund, who have dedicated their work to address anti-racism in the arts. They have launched a campaign, Power Share, to create a fund for Black, Indigenous, and other racialized artists.
Earlier this year, we made a commitment to take action and contribute to a better society where BIPOC members of our community are treated fairly and without prejudice, and where those voices can be amplified and represented within our industry, and most immediately within Ballet BC. Since our pledge to you, here is what we’ve done so far:
- We hosted a company wide retreat to start our own internal conversation on diversity, equity, and inclusion practices at Ballet BC
- We are asking our administration, dancers, and Board of Directors to complete Indigenous Canada, an online course created by the Faculty of Native Studies at the University of Alberta on company time
- We are eagerly anticipating our Choreographic Lab with Margaret Grenier and Starr Muranko to proceed in Spring 2021
- We are continuing our conversations with Arts Umbrella about a new scholarship program in dance.
We know this is just the beginning and we have included these initiatives within our 2020/21 organizational budget.
We are constantly endeavouring to develop lasting connections across our community and invest in actionable change. 50% of proceeds raised today until December 1, 2020 will be donated to the SEARA Fund with the other 50% going towards our matching campaign. You can help us move towards this future by making a donation today.
You can make a donation by clicking the button below, or by calling our Development Team at 604 732 5003 ext. 218.
Join us in helping the SEARA Fund provide financial accessibility to vulnerable BIPOC artists across BC and empower their voices in our sector.