Through the course of the past year and a half the MNTAC (formerly TALC) community has held numerous community conversations, and it has become clear that a common set of standards, similar to the Chicago Theater Standards (CTS), be developed for the MN arts community. The CTS were developed in 2015 as a response to issues that were happening in Chicago Theaters that raised awareness around the need for a community commitment to reducing the problem of sexual harassment. Though they are an excellent resource, they are not robust enough to address the issues that are of concern in the Minnesota arts community.
We began the work to development our own set of standards on February 17th at the History Theatre in St. Paul. In order to have a place to start, we discussed the CTS. You can read them by clicking on the link below. Other documents have been brought to our attention that serve a similar purpose, but none of them seem to address the issues we want to address in education for the arts, production areas and the complexities of keeping young artists safe. You can access these documents by clicking on the button below if you want to read them.
If you are interested in the ongoing work to create MN Standards, join us! We need your voice in this conversation. We can't know what you want if you don't participate. You can sign up for active working groups who are creating content for the document, or you can sign up for Accountability Groups who will be reading the document with the intention of seeing it through specific lenses to ensure all voices are being heard. Click the buttons below for more information.