Making the Flynn more Welcoming and Representative

The Flynn is committed to equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility (EDIA)—including race/ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, and physical ability—and we are cognizant of the fact that the organization needs to do more to address these topics. Our team does not yet reflect the full range of the people who live in our community and we must do better.

Transparency and accountability are essential to this work. This space is dedicated to communicating our EDIA goals and our progress. We will post a running log of our efforts, communicating clearly and honestly how we are doing, what work is ongoing, the concrete steps we are taking, and what we are trying to achieve. We welcome feedback from the community as we strive to make the Flynn more welcoming and representative.



June 28, 2021


Goals

An essential component of this initiative is self-assessment. We need to first get a baseline of where the Flynn is now—understanding who is a part of our entire extended organization including our staff, board, members, volunteers, performers, and teaching artists—so we can identify a full accounting of the areas that need to be addressed, and initial actions that can be taken.

As we work towards re-opening our venue, hiring new staff, and inviting audiences back into the theater, it is crucial that we do everything possible to ensure the Flynn is welcoming to all the many communities and people that are a part of this region. We have an opportunity right now to take a hard look at the current makeup of the Flynn and to set short-term and long-term EDIA goals.

Actions

To start, we have created and distributed a survey that will give a better picture of the demographics of the Flynn. The survey also asks for respondents to provide their opinion about what diversity means for the organization, areas that need to be addressed, as well as initial, actionable ideas for making improvements. This survey has been sent to all staff, board, members, volunteers, and teaching artists. This brief survey is the first step in a larger process that includes acknowledging shortfalls, taking actions to address representation, and defining a plan for accountability. EDIA issues impact all areas of the Flynn, and everyone’s perspective and voice is important in this ongoing discussion of how we strengthen the Flynn at all levels.

Next steps


Take our EDIA Survey

Everyone from the community is welcome to take our EDIA survey. We will report the results of the survey here.

The Flynn's EDIA progress is now a standing item for all board meetings. Decisions that result from these meetings will be communicated here. 

The Flynn is hiring. Anyone who is interested is encouraged to apply. We are looking at how we can make the Flynn more welcoming and attractive to a wide range of applicants. All the current open positions can be found here.


Key figures

34.5% of the artists on our stages have been BIPOC in the last 10 years

We’ve provided 1,098 hours of free music in the last 10 years at the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival

Our year-round Movement for Parkinson's class promotes dynamic movement for students with movement challenges 

We distribute free tickets via 87 social services agencies through our community ticket program

Camp scholarships and pay-what-you-can classes and camps make our education programs more accessible

We’ve subsidized 340,707 tickets to student matinees over the last 10 years.

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