Beyond 26%

Beyond 26 Percent logo (white text over purple square background)The Field and Harlem Stage are proud to share Beyond 26%, a study on racial equity in arts leadership, “diversity pipeline” programs, and their outcomes.

Click here to download the full report (PDF, 4 pages).

In 2017, the New York Times reported that, while 67% of New York City residents identify as persons of color, only 26% of senior staff members at cultural institutions are people of color. To examine this disparity and illuminate the barriers to advancement faced by aspiring arts administrators of color, The Field initiated a research project in partnership with Harlem Stage, a performing arts center that celebrates and perpetuates the unique and diverse artistic legacy of Harlem.

Represented by The Field's Field Leadership Fund Fellows Aya Lane and Bryan Glover, plus Harlem Stage Fellows Nelie Jacques and Toisha Tucker, our researchers surveyed 85 individuals from 21 "pipeline" organizations committed to developing the careers of arts administrators of color in New York City. Read about their methodology, findings, and analysis in Beyond 26%.

Beyond 26% picks up where The Field left off with our April 2018 publication, Intention, Accountability and Equity (PDF). It documents the successes, failures, and lessons learned from the 2015-2017 pilot run of Field Leadership Fund, a Fellowship which paired artists with arts managers, with a focus on long-term sustainability and leadership training for individuals of historically underrepresented identities.

Continue the conversation! Share your thoughts with The Field (@thefieldnyc) and Harlem Stage (@MyHarlemStage) using hashtag #beyond26

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Beyond 26% is generously supported by funding from American Express, the Howard Gilman Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts and The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and our individual donors.

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