Safe Space Declaration
Ensuring that our space is safe for all who enter is a top priority for Art as Action. In light of the recent public discourse we feel compelled to articulate our values through this declaration.
Abuse of power, invasion of space, and inappropriate or unhealthy communication, whether offered directly or as asides, can impact all people, regardless of gender, identity, disability, race, age, or sexual orientation. Defining and confronting abuse and harassment can be tenuous, especially within the intimate physical space of dance.
As with all our work, we strive to lead by example. We hope to address this by co-creating a culture where showing respect is a manifestation of boundaries, and where we treat people with respect. We aim to create a space where everyone is empowered to speak up and transparency is valued. We are committed to working alongside our partners, and hand in hand with our community members, to support the cultural movement towards a safer and more equitable future.
Art as Action promotes an inclusive environment free from verbal, physical and visual (e.g., signs, posters) forms of harassment. We maintain a zero tolerance policy respecting any form of harassment by anyone in our community or space. Forms of harassment include slurs, negative stereotyping, and sexual harassment. Sexual harassment encompasses any sexual attention that is unwanted or uninvited, and includes situations where submission or compliance is either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s employment or participation in classes, workshops, performances, or community events. Harassment can occur even when communications or conduct, whether physical or verbal, is not directed at a specific person.
If you experience or witness any form of harassment in our space, please notify Sarah Leversee, Artistic Director (firstname.lastname@example.org | 720-938-6069) or Chloe DiVita, Board President (email@example.com | 303-521-6832) immediately.
Thank you for helping us ensure our spaces are safe for all bodies.
The Art as Action Staff, Board of Directors and Artivist Leadership Team
We want to acknowledge the Mark Morris Dance Group and Dance for PD for the inspiration of this declaration.