Businesses should look towards models in the arts as inspiration for creating successful inclusive programs. In Quartz's article "Supporting Minority Women in the Workplace Means Tailoring Development Programs to their Needs," it examines the ways one arts organization has risen to the task. Women of Color in the Art’s Leadership Through Mentorship program demonstrate ways that companies could “sustain progress by creating a supportive workplace where women of color can pass what they’ve learned to other employees rising through the ranks.”
There are certainly challenges that are specific to the experiences of women of color in the workplace—arts organization or not. So when a group like Women of Color in the Arts creates a program that successfully supports women, businesses can learn from these models.
For all the talk about running arts organizations like businesses, it’s high time that businesses took a page from the arts playbook. Not only can the arts cultivate empathy and diversity, and provide employee engagement, but they build innovate models for businesses to adapt.
Particularly as the workforce becomes younger and more diverse and expects inclusive programming, the arts can provide some creative inspiration.
Photo: Kristen Jackson and Alisha Patterson, LTM Program Manager, speak at an event; WOCA/Cynthia Souza