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.
WOCA is a members-driven, fiscally-sponsored service organization which works to advocate for and provide professional support to arts administrators. WOCA serves as a forum to share and provide unique opportunities for learning and development among peers and exists as an incubator for the exchange of diverse ideas and creative practices in the performing arts field.
Women of Color in the Arts diligently works to:
- move the conversation of racial, cultural and gender equity forward
- create a real and virtual community to discuss issues in the field, and agendas of importance, specifically affecting women and communities of color
- facilitate and ignite national dialogues and action-oriented solutions, specifically championing equity, diversity and inclusion in the field and beyond
- provide professional development for members, and the field at large, through trainings and programs that dissect – through an equity lens – leadership models and artistic and administrative processes
- foster a cooperative community that shares and benefits from collaborative programming, accessible funding, sustainable resources, and career and professional development
- provide mentorship opportunities and leadership training for new, mid-level and future arts administrators and opportunities for more senior professionals to give back to the field
- coalition build with intent to create equitable systems for all to prosper inside and outside of the arts
The requirements for WOCA membership suggest that you be a self-identified woman of color and work in some type of administrative capacity in support of the performing arts. This includes those who serve as curators, managers, organizers, producers, artistic directors, fundraisers, funders, educators, advocates, etc. In order to address the specific needs of this network, at this time, WOCA does not accept artists. However, WOCA welcomes administrators at every phase of their career and truly encourages membership for women working in geographically or culturally isolated areas. And in an effort to help strengthen the pipeline, prospective members may also be higher-ed professionals working in an academic institution training future arts administrators.