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On the art of advocating for access to the arts

Posted by Philip on 23 June 2013, 3:27 pm in , , , , , ,

Yesterday I spoke to the graduates of the first ever Arts Access Aotearoa Make A Difference Arts Advocacy Programme, which I've also been involved in designing and delivering. I said:

"I think the best possible impact of the programme would be to begin to develop a network of people who are committed to attending arts events, encouraging others to attend and having the courage to give both positive and constructive feedback to arts administrators and venue owners.

"Advocacy is a step beyond activism. Advocacy requires a constructive interaction between two parties to work together to identify areas of improvement and find solutions (whereas activism often only identifies problems).

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Attention Auckland arts advocates

Posted by Philip on 16 February 2013, 11:53 am in , , , ,

Diversityworks Trust has partnered with Arts Access Aotearoa to seek expressions of interest from Auckland artists with unique function/experience (disability) to participate in the Make –A –Difference Project 2013 and be trained as arts advocates. Up to 20 people will be accepted onto the programme.

There will be five workshops in total, starting on Saturday 23 March with an orientation workshop at Auckland Art Gallery.

The aim of the project is to see measurable improvements in the ways that arts organisations are inclusive of disabled people, and an increase in the number of disabled people accessing and participating in the arts.

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Activism, advocacy and leadership

Posted by Philip on 16 November 2011, 5:18 pm in , , ,

Activism is a great activity for young people. Angry, young, passionate people make great activists. They show the world, in no certain terms, what needs to change.

Great activists, as they mature, make great advocates. They have the experience and confidence to help others, who lack experience and confidence, to get what they need.

Great advocates, as they mature, make great leaders. They have the wisdom to create opportunities for open conversations between people from different walks of life in order to create the change that activists highlight and adv0cates navigate.

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Self advocacy or selfless activism?

Posted by Philip on 14 September 2010, 6:45 pm in , , ,

This is my response to a forum on Facebook about self-advocacy…

Self advocacy – where to start? I guess I find it had to separate from activism, because every act of self-advocacy is an act of activism, as it paves the way to systemic change – hopefully.

Perhaps it’s because I live in a country of only 4.5 million (New Zealand) and I’ve had a high profile as an entertainer, but these days I expect to be treated with equality and respect – and mostly I do. Rules, policies and laws are arbitrary – they are true only in as much as we hold them to be so.

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Majority (51%) of Workers Still Hide Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity at Work, says US report.

Posted by Philip Patston on 7 October 2009, 7:00 am in , ,

Majority of Workers Still Hide Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity at Work

New “Degrees of Equality” report finds persistent negative climate for LGBT workers.


Washington, D.C. – A majority – 51 percent – of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender workers continue to hide their identity from most or all co-workers, according to a new report released today from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation that examines the real-life experiences of LGBT workers.  The report, “Degrees of Equality: A National Study Examining Workplace Climate for LGBT Employees,” found that, despite significant advances in employment policies at major U.S. corporations, a majority of LGBT workers continue to experience a range of negative consequences because of their sexual orientation and gender identity.  Younger workers are even more likely to hide their LGBT identity – only 5 percent of LGBT employees ages 18 to 24 say they are totally open at work, compared to more than 20 percent in older age cohorts.  The report is available for download at www.DegreesOfEquality.org.

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Position available: Strategic Projects and Policy Leader (Wellington, NZ)

Posted by Philip Patston on 4 August 2009, 4:30 pm in , , , ,

CCS Disability Action is advertising a position for Strategic Projects and Policy Leader.

  • Disability Rights Sector
  • Wellington Based/National Focus

CCS Disability Action is a national community organisation, with an enduring passion to strengthen communities and provide support so people with disabilities are included in the life of their family and community.

The Strategic Projects and Policy Leader will drive policy and political change projects toward better outcomes for disabled people.

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