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Making Space: A Radical Rethinking of the Approach to Work/Life Integration in the Arts - Shared screen with speaker view
APAP
51:43
Please feel free to use the chat function throughout to ask questions and raise issues.
Felicia
01:07:09
...Because this is a a CONSTANT topic of conversation (verbal & written), in my professional & artistic life!
APAP
01:07:12
Take a few minutes to write down your thoughts on why you joined us today, and we'll share some in a moment.
Ryhna Thompson
01:07:55
Thank you for taking the time to write. If you would like to share thoughts, please choose ‘everyone’ in the chat box.
Tiffany Richardson
01:07:59
The level of burnout is so intense and many of my colleagues see it as the ONLY way, and I’ve been going through many things to seek another way, and it’s working, but the overall culture still prevails. But I think we can change it.
Tahnia Belle
01:08:33
I am interested in a life of alignment, where all the spaces I hold in nourish each other.
Felicia
01:08:46
...Because participating in this conversation IS self-care!
Jeni Hepler
01:08:49
From the Wheeler Opera House here - we have crazy schedule and a small team, always looking for new resources & tools on this topic
Jenny Thomas
01:09:03
Because as non-profit and arts professionals, many of us are expected to take low pay for long hours because it's our passion.
Tiffany Richardson
01:09:26
I love how you talk about integration, because often we’re asked to compartmentalize, and by integrating we all move forward in a more congruent, authentic way
Sharon Moore
01:09:54
As a longtime professional in the arts, have never masterered a good work/life balance myself. I now have two very talented young leaders on my staff and want to be intentional about addressing this important need for all of us.
Kaisha Johnson
01:10:03
Why am I here? Because it’s tax day and apparently the day where I really need to start reevaluating my work/life balance. LOL. Thank you for your encouragement, ladies.
Alana Barraj
01:10:10
I want to work in a space and place that cares about people as much as it cares about 'the art'.
Lauren Hood
01:10:17
Curious to know if there is any data available for salaries in the non-profit arts? Long hours and low pay seems to be norm in our field.
Theresa Remick
01:10:51
as the leader of a very small organization, i find myself filling in ALL of the gaps, often at my own expense. i want to change that, but struggle with how to protect myself and meet the expectations i and my institution, funders, etc. set.
Sydnie Liggett
01:10:52
Burnout is real. Frustration with lack of work life balance. It's a field wide issue. Wondering if it’s a larger issue as well?
Meghan McCourt
01:11:02
As an HR professional in the arts, I'd like to learn more about how I can support my organization's culture to foster a greater commitment to employee wellness
Jenny Thomas
01:11:33
What does work/life balance mean for everyone specifically? I feel like it's a stand-in for a lot of specifics....
Liza Green
01:11:35
I’d love to hear models/modes of working that have helped people with young children (mine are 10months and 4 years). I’m still in the fog. Working from home today and can hear crying in beyond the door. Resisting urge to go to them.
Tiffany Richardson
01:12:17
What type of resources and programs are out there already addressing this?
Jake Stepansky
01:12:31
Not only are there long hours and low pay, but there are recurrent periods of work (tech weeks, for example) where the expected number of hours in a day, for a week or more, are practically unconscionable. How do we balance these periods of intensity with the rest of the year?
Jenny Thomas
01:13:03
Because I think younger generations are going to demand better!
Ryhna Thompson
01:18:10
1) life alignment / self care
Ryhna Thompson
01:18:14
2) resources & tools
Ryhna Thompson
01:18:18
3) culture overhaul
Ryhna Thompson
01:18:25
4) specificity of language
Ryhna Thompson
01:18:49
best practices? ideas? examples of solutions?
Tiffany Richardson
01:21:35
A great coach/consultant who works with artists and orgs on this topic is Dana Fonteneau of The Wholehearted Musician https://www.danafonteneau.com
Linsey Bostwick
01:23:05
Here is the link I mentioned: https://www.theatreartlife.com/technical/performing-arts-overworked-staff/?fbclid=IwAR0hVu6sMszOdI1fvCz9hUrLUHlTrPLcYZ77DtpdTISCNAtMMR_mZoV0kvs
Tiffany Richardson
01:24:01
I’m an artist & co-founder of a nonprofit
Jenny Thomas
01:25:02
What are organizations doing that works?
Liza Green
01:25:06
I work for a university presenter. We’re a very small team so open communication about our needs is paramount.
Tiffany Richardson
01:27:59
Ryhna, could you share any of the platforms that are working? I definitely agree that the transparency of communication and process helps the working dynamic
Tahnia Belle
01:28:01
Hi there, I am a Mom, Wife, Artist, Entrepreneur & Manager of Operations/Special Projects for Urban Bush Women
Ryhna Thompson
01:29:30
Some platforms that are serving us are: basecamp and highrise
Tiffany Richardson
01:30:25
Thanks Ryhna!
Tiffany Richardson
01:35:47
We’ve found when we collaborate with local artists during a residency, that helps bridge a different relationship and connection while on tour
Tiffany Richardson
01:36:26
And even leads to more future potential work within that community/relationship building/deepening
Alana Barraj
01:41:08
I think it might be interesting if we started shifting the narrative by thinking about how many people we hire and the lives we improve in a macro sense as a part of the show and the art we create. Perhaps by making that a data point, we can bring it into the conversation with our funders as something to strive for as a part of the project.
Jake Stepansky
01:42:01
Alana - TOTALLY - and to that end, one of the one of the challenges we’re facing at Forklift Danceworks is that we’re already very busy, but we’ve been expanding, and as we expand we’re trying to balance taking on more responsibilities with diffusing existing responsibilities across new staff members. How have folks dealt with it at your organizations?
Tiffany Richardson
01:42:17
Yes Alana
Jake Stepansky
01:43:54
Re: going forward - this may be a silly suggestion, but could we make a big Google doc and list out some of the questions asked in this conversation and then have folks write in responses?
Tiffany Richardson
01:44:22
Could this be a regular conversation with people who are working within this topic as a coach to offer strategies and change the conversation?
APAP
01:44:27
Yeah, Jake, we can do something like that!
Linsey Bostwick
01:44:35
hey, Jake- we started one !
Tiffany Richardson
01:44:35
Yes, google doc!
Tiffany Richardson
01:45:33
Are all orgs evaluating shared values?
Tahnia Belle
01:45:51
I would love to see more models of life/work integration both individuals and organizations
Tiffany Richardson
01:47:14
Yes great point
Heena Patel
01:49:36
Is the doc where some strategies / models are already shared?
Tahnia Belle
01:49:46
I agree with the last spoken comment, this can be difficult converastion iof your org culture does not support work/life integration, so in some ways work/life integretation and culture overhaul of connected.
Alana Barraj
01:50:02
Thank you all for this gathering :)
Victoria Abrash
01:50:03
Thank you!
Tiffany Richardson
01:50:05
Thank you all!
Heena Patel
01:50:13
Thank you for this great conversation!
Chanon Judson
01:50:25
Thank you for joining!
Tahnia Belle
01:50:28
Thank you Everyone!
Adriana Ray
01:50:33
Thank you!
Ryhna Thompson
01:50:47
Thank you everyone for joining and thank you APAP for providing the platform!
Linsey Bostwick
01:50:52
Thanks everyone, very excited to continue the conversation