SEATTLE GAY SCENE
"But here’s where things get wild. Unlike the usual of, “Hey, uh, can we find some [insert minority descriptor here] people? Anyone know anyone?” — or, worse (and I swear this has happened, right in front of me, at leading institutions), the popular excuse of, “We can’t, because [insert minority descriptor here] people don’t do [insert generic art form here, that the org professes to specialize in]” — unlike all that mess, the Intersections Festival knew them, found them, brought them. In other words, not only did organizers know they exist, they knew where to find diverse excellence across many crafts, and put in the time to connect with them and book them. That is the commitment to artistry and craft — not tokenization — that all organizations should aspire to. (On that note, the next time you hear a flimsy excuse justifying a stage full of all white improv artists, please show them this piece and ask them to do better. You can always find another place that will.)"