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6/22/19 Arts Community Forum: 
Cultivating Safe Practices in Our Creative Spaces

OVERALL GOAL

  • Empowering our community as a whole. From those we borrow stories from, to venues, to production, to individuals who volunteer their time. We must keep them safe, and create a path to healing and understanding. 

  • Allowing every individual to create their own boundaries and be respected. 

  • Understanding that safe practices in art spaces = more creative freedom. Not restriction or prudeness.

  • We, Hawai’i arts community, CAN do better. MUST do better. ACTIVELY PURSUE to be better.  At this point, we cannot be complacent. 

  • Reshaping our standard of culture. Reshaping from top down, to an invited circle, where everyone is seen and heard. 

Question: who is still being excluded from these conversations? 

ISSUES THAT NEED TO BE ADDRESSED

We cannot choose theatre over community. Our art is in service of the community, and so we must actively make these spaces safe. 

Question: who governs what is and is not acceptable “in the name of art?”

More educators need to be a part of this conversation.  We need to start with a closed community and letting students know, at least those who are a part of institution, what expectations should be in terms of conduct.  This can be take place as simply as putting it within a course. What does safety looks like in art spaces?

Many victims don’t come forward because they feel they will rock the boat and will jeopardize chances for jobs in our community. 

Since many of our theatres are non-profit, there is a sense that “volunteerism” cannot be held accountable

Not enough education on all fronts. Those in leadership (directors, producers, stage managers, etc.) should know what to do if any community member approaches them about a situation regarding violence.  Victims, should also know what protocols are set in case a situation should arise. ALL community members should be educated on how to be an advocate. 

EVERYONE needs to be on board in creating safe spaces. This starts with board members of a theatre company, all the way down to those who audition. How can we create a clear line of dialogue from actors to board members?

STEPS TO A SAFER ARTS COMMUNITY

Question: Who holds the power for change? How can we broaden that circle?

VISIBILITY AND CLEAR ADVOCACY

  • HSTC will set up a tab on their page so that all theatres may link their Anti-harrassment and sexual violence prevention policy for all to have access to. 

  • Question for theatre companies: do you have the right insurance in place when a situation of sexual assault or violence arises? 

BE CLEAR AND UPFRONT ABOUT WHAT EXPECTATIONS ARE FROM THE START. 

  • If a production has moments of intimacy, all marks of said intimacy MUST be known at time of audition. No changes are to be made after the rehearsal process. 

  • Document to be signed by any person wanting to work in the theatre or audition for show. This document includes clear code of conduct and will state any consequences in order to establish accountability. 

  • Any production that requires stage combat or intimacy will have a stage combat professional and intimacy choreographer present in rehearsals to stage these parts. NO actors should be left on their own to practice these scenes without the proper third party available. 

BRINGING AWARENESS AND OPPORTUNITY FOR GROWTH

  • Workshops for all community members by the Sex Abuse Treatment Center on Sexual Violence 101 and Consent. 

  • Sending individuals to intimacy training.

SETTING UP CONSEQUENCES FOR OFFENDERS 

  • Probation period for offenders.

  • Eliminating stigma from “the show must go on”. If a situation of sexual violence occurs during a show, the understanding that the safety of a person is much more important than the production.  Therefore, the production will cease to continue.  

  • If the offender is a paid position, having deductions made on paycheck as a fine. 

  • Whatever consequences are put in, they MUST be followed through. 

  • We vote with our talent. We have a choice to decide who we support and work for. 

PONO CHECK

  • A system of “certification” in which theatre companies who have gone to SATC workshops and conversations may have a “Pono Check”.  To let the community know that this company is actively seeking education and wanting change.

HAWAII ARTS COALITION

  • Start of a third party entity that will provide resources and continue to help navigate these conversations as we move forward to a more safe Hawai’i art space. 

CONTINUING THE CONVERSATION

  • Setting up more forums for more folks to share and listen 

Question: Who are the individuals we need to sustain and activate this group? 

Final Note: Sex Abuse Treatment Center Hawai’i (SATC) is available for education and, in case of an emergency, if a victim needs assistance after an Incident or sexual assault.  http://satchawaii.com

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