Women of Color in the Arts (WOCA) is dedicated to creating 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 diversify the pipeline of arts administrators and fortify leadership, WOCA aims to cultivate a field as varied in voice and perspective as the communities it serves.
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:
- create a real and virtual community to discuss issues in the field, specifically affecting women of color
- facilitate and ignite national discussions, specifically encouraging equity in the field behind the stage, and addressing the core cultural competency and necessary sensitivity needed for implementing a diverse range of arts on stage
- 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 opportunities for more senior professionals to give back to the field
- organize opportunities to network and fellowship while creating agendas of importance, specifically during regional, national and international arts and cultural conferences
- provide professional development for members, and the field at large, through panel discussions, webinars and programs which dissect the artistic and administrative process
- amplify the work of women of color to gain representation on boards and grant panels
The requirements for membership in WOCA suggest that you be a self-identified woman of color and work in some type of administrative capacity. This includes those who serve as presenters, managers, agents, producers, curators, artistic directors, fundraisers, 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 performing arts administrators.