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 help amplify voice and visibility to women of color. By working to fortify leadership and reinforce a world where everyone holds shared power at the decision-making table, WOCA aims to cultivate a just and 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
Thank you for your interest in promoting your career opportunity to WOCA's dynamic network of arts leaders. You should know that the WOCA community is comprised of arts leaders that work in a variety of capacities across the arts field with a special focus on the performing arts. Our members work with and lead all types of cultural institutions and arts organizations including (but not limited to) performing arts centers, universities, festivals, foundations, museums, artist management firms, community centers, and state, local and national arts agencies.
PLEASE NOTE: A numerical salary or salary range MUST be included to be posted on our career board. If you enter "commensurate with experience" or other info lacking transparency, your submission will not be posted.
New posts are shared with our members every Monday. Each posting to WOCA's career + job board will incur a modest fee of $80 for non-WOCA members and a discounted rate of $40 for current WOCA members. Fees are to be paid upon post submission via Submittable and will remain active for FOUR (4) weeks. If you would like your post to be active for longer than four weeks you can purchase multiple postings.
We appreciate your investment in Women of Color in the Arts (WOCA). Please be advised that WOCA does not issue refunds for the submission of any job postings. Please make sure that all pertinent information about your opportunity is presented at submission.
Thank you for your interest in Women of Color in the Arts (WOCA)'s consulting services.
We like to think of potential clients as partners in this work towards creating a more equitable and just arts field. Before we can move forward, we'd like to understand how your organization is in alignment with WOCA's core values and methodology.
Please allow 20-30 minutes to complete this Consulting Partner Intake Form. (Please note that there are no wrong answers; this is a simple assessment of how we can work together.) Once we've reviewed your submission, we will be in touch about next steps. Again, thank you for your interest in working with Women of Color in the Arts.
Women of Color in the Arts (WOCA) is a grassroots, members-driven organization which works to provide professional support to arts leaders - historically those working in the support of the performing arts. 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.
About The WOCA Application Process
WOCA understands the immense mental and emotional labor Black, indigenous, and people of color endure on a daily basis simply as a part of our very existence in this world. It is not our intent to add to this load. This compact application process for WOCA membership is meant to help us collect and coalesce all of our community’s information in one place so that we can identify and connect members, and share meaningful and relevant resources. The demographic information we collect also helps us develop critical tools for organizing, creating space for self-advocacy and solidarity among our members. We thank you for taking the time to become an active participant in our community. We value and appreciate you and your work.
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:
- 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.
*WOCA uses the term “women” to encompass all those that self-identify as women including cisgender and transgender femmes. Our intention is to uplift and address the very specific ways in which this particular group of people, and their multiple identities, are impacted by various forms of oppression including sexism and racism. WOCA uses the term “women of color” as an organizing tool, acknowledging the expression is a political designation, not a biological one, and borne out of a solidarity movement originating from the labor of Black women.
2. You must serve in some type of administrative capacity in support of 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 (for example, we have many members that work with/in museums), we require that a part of your current professional career be dedicated to the development, cultivation and/or support of the performing arts.
You must be a full-time undergrad or part or full-time graduate student pursuing
a degree in arts administration, arts management, non-profit leadership, cultural policy or a related
If you satisfy the aforementioned basic criteria, please proceed to complete the brief membership application below. Please note that fulfilling basic criteria does not automatically confirm WOCA membership. Along with a completed application, you must submit a PDF copy of both your resume and a short bio. A LinkedIn profile link may be submitted in lieu of the resumé. We ask for these things in order to identify the demographics of our community and to further members’ connections inside and outside of the network. Please note that providing a high-res photo may also part of the application submission process.
Membership applications are generally evaluated bi-monthly on an on-going basis. Applications that are received the last week of the month will be evaluated the following month. Should you have any questions or concerns regarding terms of eligibility or the application process, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
WOCA offers three levels of membership to facilitate access for all our colleagues in the field:
Emerging Leader Membership
$30 – administrators currently with five (5) years or less of professional experience.
PLUS 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.
Established Leader Membership
$60 – administrators with 6-20 years of professional experience.
Senior Leader Membership
$120 – administrators with 21+ years of professional experience.
(Please know that no eligible member will be turned away for their inability to pay dues. Membership dues are the vital engine that helps keep our WOCA community running. However, we never want economic barriers to be a reason for our members to not have access to the resources and wealth of this community. Please note that if life's challenges currently prevent your ability to pay membership dues, WOCA will waive your first year's membership. Please feel free to reach out to us directly at email@example.com to activate this option.)
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.
The Leadership Through Mentorship Program Participant Agreement outlines WOCA LTM program participant expectations.
Leadership During the Time of a Pandemic
WOCA recognizes the unpredictable times in which we are living. We also understand that women of color carry an immense weight in both their professional and personal lives. As creatives, caregivers, problem solvers, and visionary leaders, women of color are constantly being asked for more - even as the world shifts around us in the midst of an ongoing public health crisis and the state of emergency called systemic racism. While the LTM program will be run according to a predetermined schedule of gatherings, we want you to know that WOCA acknowledges the “more” and we will remain flexible and adaptable to meet the needs of our community. We ask that potential program participants carry the same flexibility and grace as we navigate the day to day to determine what are best practices for the evolving times.
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 one-on-one session with your mentor. As a reminder, all pairs are required to meet a minimum of six (6) one-on-one sessions 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 self-identified women leaders of color ,so we want to make sure you maximize your special time together.
As a starting point in laying the groundwork for your relationship, 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 that 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.