We proudly support the 35//50 initiative.
Representation matters. In order to create a more representative community, we must look to our arts leaders, mentors, and staff to create that change.
We, as a leader in Edmonton’s arts community, will be a part of that change. This is why we are committing to shifting our organization’s training, education, staffing, and projects to ensure that we can help create an equitable, diverse, inclusive, and accessible future in the professional landscape of the arts.
The Nextfest Arts Society is committed to the 35//50 Initiative, a coalition of IBPOC artists across Alberta who believe in representation and leadership as an actionable plan. Over the next three years, the 35//50 Initiative is committed to seeing our civic landscape more equitably reflected in our professional landscape: a minimum of 35% IBPOC and 50% women and gender minorities in paid, professional positions. Nextfest is committed to curating our festival along with the guidelines of 35//50 and gathering data over the next three years (and beyond) to monitor concrete progress in the percentages of IBPOC and women/non-binary artists we include in our curation and programming.
Currently, The Nextfest Arts Society has four main contracts for administrative staff: Festival Director, Festival Producer, Marketing Manager/Artist Liaison, and Graphic Designer/Ad Sales, this staff is 75% women and/or non-binary and 25% IBPOC. The administrative staff oversees a group of curators who program emerging artists in each discipline.
For the 2020 festival, a team of three technicians oversaw the live streaming of the festival and this team was 100% women and/or non-binary technicians and 0% IBPOC. The team of curators includes 100% women (cisgender and trans) and/or nonbinary folks, and 33% IBPOC curators. A smaller team of one-night-only event curators produce our showcases and Nite Clubs and this team is 85% women and/or non-binary producers and 71% IBPOC producers.
Meaningful change is needed for the continued growth of our community. That is why we are grateful to the organizers of the 35//50 movement for challenging us and other arts organizations to uphold these standards.
If we all work together, we can make changes that will create a lasting impact on a local and national stage.
Please join us as we bring the 35//50 initiative to life.