Women of Color in the Arts (WOCA) is dedicated to creating racial and cultural equity in the performing arts field, by promoting professional opportunities for arts administrators and providing a platform to give voice and visibility to women of color. By working to fortify leadership and reinforce a world where everyone has a seat at the table, WOCA aims to cultivate an inclusive field, one as varied in voice and perspective as the communities it serves. WOCA works diligently to move the conversation of racial and cultural equity forward with the intent of creating equitable systems for all to prosper inside and outside of the arts.

Women of Color in the Arts diligently works to:

  • move the conversation of racial and gender equity forward into actionable steps for the arts
  • create a real and virtual community to discuss issues in the field, specifically affecting WOC
  • facilitate and ignite national discussions and action-oriented movements, specifically championing equity, diversity and inclusion in the field beyond the stage
  • provide professional development for members, and the field at large, through programs and workshops that dissect the artistic and administrative process through an equity lens
  • address the core cultural competency and necessary sensitivity needed for implementing a diverse range of arts on stage and administrators in the workplace
  • foster a community that shares information about collaborative programming, accessible funding, sustainable resources, and career and professional development opportunities
  • provide mentorship opportunities and leadership training for new, mid-level and future arts administrators and engender opportunities for peer to peer learning
  • build community through networking while creating agendas of importance
Women of Color in the Arts (WOCA) is a members-driven service organization which works to provide professional support to performing arts administrators. WOCA serves as a forum to share and create unique opportunities for learning and development among colleagues including mentorship and leadership training. WOCA exists to provide a network of support and facilitate the exchange of diverse ideas and practices in the performing arts field, all the while cultivating a stronger, more equitable field.


Eligibility for Membership

Before completing your online application, you must review and meet the basic criteria to be eligible for WOCA membership. Basic membership criteria includes:

  1. You must be a self-identified woman of color – defined by WOCA as a woman of African, Latin, Asian or Pacific Island, Middle-Eastern or Native American descent – historically under-represented groups working in the performing arts field.

  2. You must serve in an administrative capacity within the performing arts. While WOCA recognizes that administrators’ roles and responsibilities are often fluid within many cultural organizations and that artistic disciplines like the visual and literary arts often work in tandem with performance art, we require that the majority of your current professional career be dedicated to the development, cultivation and/or support of the performing arts.

          OR

         You must be a full-time undergrad or part-to full-time graduate student pursuing
         a degree in arts administration, arts management, cultural policy or a related
         field.

 

Membership Application
If you satisfy the aforementioned basic criteria, please proceed to complete the brief membership application below. Please note that fulfilling basic criteria does not guarantee WOCA membership. Along with a completed application, you must submit a PDF copy of both your resume and a short bio. Please note that providing a high-res photo is also part of the application submission process.


Membership Process

Membership applications are evaluated monthly on an on-going basis. Applications that are received by the LAST day of the month will be evaluated in the first week of the following month. Should you have any questions or concerns regarding terms of eligibility or the application process, please email membership@womenofcolorinthearts.org.


Membership Dues
WOCA offers three levels of membership to facilitate access for all our colleagues in the field:

Emerging Leader Membership
$30
– full-time students enrolled in an undergraduate degree program or a part to full-time graduate degree program in arts administration, arts or theater management, arts or cultural policy, non-profit management or a related track.

PLUS administrators currently with five (5) years or less of professional experience.


Established Leader Membership

$60
– administrators with 6-20 years of professional experience in the performing arts field.

Senior Leader Membership
$120
– administrators with 21+ years of professional experience in the performing arts field.


Membership Benefits
All three membership levels are granted full access to a wide range of professional development opportunities including, but not limited to, webinars, mentorship/leadership program, panel discussions, networking events, and committee and advisory board participation. Members will have access to our membership directory and have exclusive first-viewing rights to job, funding, and career opportunities. Members can additionally take advantage of special offers throughout the year exclusively provided by our partners, which have included APAP and DanceNYC.


All mentor-mentee pairs are required to log their sessions through Submittable, documenting achievements, benchmarks, questions, and/or concerns that arise in their meetings. While we realize that the mentor-mentee relationship may address issues that may be sensitive or confidential, we will ask for top-line information from these interactions, from which we might discover recurring themes or anecdotes that the pairs agree may be shared with the full group.

Please complete this form within one week of your check in with your mentor. As a reminder, all pairs are required to meet a minimum of six (6) individual check ins over the course of the year.

All mentor-mentee pairs are required to log their sessions through Submittable, documenting achievements, benchmarks, questions, and/or concerns that arise in their meetings. While we realize that the mentor-mentee relationship may address issues that may be sensitive or confidential, we will ask for top-line information from these interactions, from which we might discover recurring themes or anecdotes that the pairs agree may be shared with the full group.

Please complete this form within one week of your check in with your mentor. As a reminder, all pairs are required to meet a minimum of six (6) individual check ins over the course of the year.

The purpose of completing this survey is to help provide focus and structure to your year with your mentor. This Leadership Through Mentorship program is designed to allow for a very unique opportunity to get individualized career support from fellow female leaders of color so we want to make sure you maximize your special time together. 


To lay the groundwork for the program, we encourage you to evaluate your current career status and develop both short- and long-term goals that will help guide your professional development. We understand if your goals may change during the course of the year (and we encourage you to notate those throughout the year in the Mentor-Mentee Session Reports). We simply want to make sure that you are moving with intention, urging you to think proactively and strategically about your potential outcomes from this program and for

your career. We also want to ensure that WOCA is working to meet your professional needs. 


Please make sure to answer all questions thoroughly and to the best of your ability. 


Note: These answers will be shared with your mentor.

Women of Color in the Arts (WOCA)