Advance Gender Equity in the Arts (AGE) is a social justice movement founded in 2014 by actor and activist Jane Vogel, to advance intersectional gender equity in the arts.
Equity for AGE means creating environments where all people can achieve their full potential. Equity can only be achieved when women of color, older women, trans women, queer women, women with disabilities, all women are empowered and are fully engaged in leadership positions. AGE is committed to advancing equity, diversity and inclusion in the arts through grants, advocacy, community outreach, and activism.
AGE is a social justice arts movement created to advance gender equity leading with age, race and gender fluidity.
To advance the power and visibility of women* in the arts
Our vision is a cultural paradigm that is equitable and inclusive; where women* of all ages have the opportunity to achieve their full potential in the arts.
Our goals are:
- To increase leadership opportunities for women* in the arts
- To elevate stories of women* in the arts
- To end oppression and violence against women* in the arts
This is how we will achieve our goals:
- Raise Awareness of unconscious bias
- Facilitate Transformation by cultivating the next generation of storytellers, investors, and consumers of art.
- Advance Equity by:
– Advocating for policies and practices that promote safety, dignity and equal opportunities for all women
– Recognizing, supporting, and linking art entities that practice equity
– Engaging artists with the community in equity, inclusion, and multiculturalism
AGE values equity, inclusion, multiculturalism, access, and shared power
*Women includes all self-identified women and non-binary people
AGE Equity Statement:
For AGE, embedded in the definition of equity is the creation and maintenance of environments where all people have opportunities and resources to achieve their full potential.
AGE recognizes that unconscious bias is at the root of oppression. It is deeply embedded in systems that limit access, resources, and representation to persons based on, but not limited to gender, age, race, ethnicity, socio-economic status, gender identity, sexual orientation, and disability status.
Equity requires introspective exploration and analysis, external review and assessment, and ongoing training, collaboration, and evaluation. Equity requires raising awareness of unconscious bias. Equity can only be achieved by integrating diverse and underrepresented groups into the leadership and creating a new cultural paradigm.
AGE was founded on equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) principles. AGE is committed to maintaining a diverse Board, staff, volunteer base, and curating its programs and events through an EDI lens.
AGE is committed to rigorous review of its equity policies and practices.