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From the The Berkshire/Columbia Counties Pay Equity Project:

What we learned. What you can do. What we can do together.

We asked entry- and mid-level arts and culture employees about their experience of current compensation models. We asked arts and culture organizations how they are striving to do their best to make arts and culture work livable. And we asked ourselves to imagine a future that recognizes that passion doesn’t pay the rent. Now we can share the data, the stories, and a menu of offerings for a path forward together.

Join regional arts and culture organizations, nonprofit leaders and board members, press, entry- and mid-level workers, area creatives, funders, policy makers, researchers, and equity activists and experts, for the public release of regional cultural employee compensation data, findings, and collective recommendations for regional change.

If we want an equitable creative economy, we must be committed to finding the resources to pay for it as a necessary cost of our mission. Compensation is key to a more socially diverse arts and culture landscape. 

The event will be conducted in a spirit of cultural humility and mutual learning as we all work together toward regional change. 

The Berkshire/Columbia Counties Pay Equity Project is funded in part by the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation. It was launched during the 2021 Multicultural BRIDGE Inclusive Leadership Cohort, and is informed by local and national equity initiatives. 

Berkshire/Columbia Counties Pay Equity Project currently includes: Art Omi, Berkshire Art Center (formerly IS183), Community Access to the Arts (CATA), Flying Cloud Institute, Jacob’s Pillow, Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, WAM Theatre, and Williamstown Theatre Festival.

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