Eye Level is a program that provides space for discourse around topics which may concern artists and arts supporters in the current cultural climate. This is an open forum for anyone to utilize and is free of charge.
If you have a topic that you would like to lead discourse around, or would like more information please contact Jimmy@flyonawall.buzz
Eye Level occurs on the last Sunday of the month in the White Box at The Windmill Arts Center.
March 1st 2018- led by Laura Briggs: A discussion on capitalization and appropriation of queer culture & language in the arts. How are we responsibly branding & marketing our work to a broader audience? Who has ownership over words, concepts, and labels? What is our vision for the future of responsible art-making?
December 9th 2018 – Labels: When making work, what labels do we use to describe what we are doing? When is this useful, when is it not? How do labels shape us and the work that we do, and how do we navigate them?
November 4th 2018 – Abuse of Power in Arts Leadership (continued topic from October 7th)
October 7th 2018 - Abuse of Power in Arts Leadership: In light of the #metoo movement and articles such as this one https://www.dancemagazine.com/metoo-dance-2569127206.html the October 7th discourse looks at the responsibility of leaders in the arts and the abuse of power that is all too common, especially in dance spaces. While the conversation at large is mostly, framed by sexual misconduct and abuse, and rightfully so, other forms of abuse are often at play. What do we do when leaders (artists, choreographers, directors, coaches, etc.) use shame, fear tactics, and psychological manipulation to achieve artistic goals? Do contracts cover all types of consent in the studio? What if the job doesn’t include a contract? How do we navigate abusive situations when we believe in the overall message of the work/organization/company? Are educators perpetuating this culture in the classroom, teaching students to always seek approval and to acquiesce to the person in the front of the room?