by Marcia Garcia
Originally published: September 12, 2017
On a recent breezy summer evening on the deck of Boston's Institute of Contemporary Art, a group of about 30 young professionals eagerly socialized. They drank cocktails, most of them still in their work clothes, swapping stories about jobs, bosses and life. All of them work at various cultural institutions around Boston — and not one of them is white.
While the city's diversity continues to increase, the leadership at many of Boston's artistic and cultural institutions remains mostly white. This dominance can influence what kind of art is made and experienced. So the nonprofit ArtsBoston is trying to change that by grooming the cultural scene's next leaders.
"In many of the meetings that I had been attending, I would often be probably the only person of color, or one of two," said Victoria George, the audience lab director at ArtsBoston, which helps 175 arts groups develop their audience.