ARTS2U Diversity and Inclusion Discussion:

Becoming and Staying Visible in the Digital Universe


ARTS2U spoke to a range of arts representatives from organizations who work with diversity and inclusion issues on a daily basis. We were looking to discover what are the best practices to ensure that marginalised communities are included in event listings, for now and for the future. We can do this by sharing this discussion with Canadian arts producers and technology developers working with the arts.

ARTS2U produced a discussion questionnaire in consultation with ELAN’s Inclusion Committee. Discussions were held with groups that represent women, LGBTQ communities, persons of colour, Indigenous communities, and linguistic minorities. ARTS2U has created a summary based on the responses to this questionnaire.


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