Points of Entry is an initiative to develop a new workforce and transform the old workplace. It links existing programs in the arts, youth engagement, and diversity/inclusion to prepare teens from underrepresented communities for careers in the arts and culture field.
Through impactful interventions, a network of partnerships, and training resources for individuals and institutions, Points of Entry will engage new cultural participants, support their contributions, and engender changes in the field that will make it more inclusive and equitable.
The traditional model for addressing representation on museum staffs has included identifying promising professionals from underrepresented demographics and supporting their contribution to existing institutions. These aspirants have, generally, already committed to pursuing careers in the arts and to bearing the burden of diversity. Programs for youth that serve larger populations, including Philadelphia’s teen-centered STAMP (Students at Museums in Philadelphia), promote access for teen cultural consumers. Functioning independently, existing efforts have had a negligible effect on the racial/ethnic demographics of the arts and culture workforce.
Outcomes and Impacts
- Introduction to new professional possibilities
- Increased engagement in a sector that has an economic impact of $4.1 billion and supports 50,000+ full-time equivalent jobs (https://philaculture.org/prosperity)
- Active cultivation of interests and hands-on development of skills, and academic and professional habits
- Opportunities in and with institutions via funded internships and fellowships
- Long-term mentoring and professional networks
- A dynamic, longitudinal program that actively invites young people, supports their engagement, and prepares them for both careers and cultural advocacy
- A mechanism for institutional transformation that includes identifying, recruiting, cultivating and sustaining a diverse professional staff
- An expanded pool of ethnically and socioeconomically diverse candidates for positions in cultural organizations—from entry level to senior staff
- An enhanced platform to engage a rapidly evolving audience base
- A model for increasing racial, cultural, and socioeconomic representation in the arts and culture field and instigating institutional transformation