Accessiblity in the Arts: Who Owns the Temple? Or Is a Temple What We Need?

In the past two years, controversies have arisen over the practices of three of the largest arts institutions in the Twin Cities—the Guthrie, the Ordway, and the Walker Arts Center.  Questions have been raised in relationship to accessibility and accountability; diversity, race, gender; representation and community. These controversies had different origins: questions of gender and…

Encountering Jekyll

Every time I hear someone say, “I’m not racist,” I cringe at the convenient ethical caveats the statement provides such that even if one is willing to admit that racism is institutionalized and ingrained in our culture, one can still concurrently believe that he or she is outside of racism looking in. This is a…