Roulette is proud to announce that we have joined a growing number of institutions that stand with We Have Voice and will adopt the Code of Conduct set forth by the collective in order to create positive change in our performing arts community.
We Have Voice, founded by Fay Victor, Ganavya Doraiswamy, Imani Uzuri, Jen Shyu, Kavita Shah, Linda May Han Oh, María Grand, Nicole Mitchell, Okkyung Lee, Rajna Swaminathan, Sara Serpa, Tamar Sella, Terri Lyne Carrington, and Tia Fuller, is a collective of musicians, performers, scholars, and thinkers from different generations, races, ethnicities, cultures, abilities, gender identities, economic backgrounds, religious beliefs, and affiliations. Together, they are determined to engage in transformative ways of thinking and being in their creative professional world, while being ingrained in an inclusive and intersectional analysis.
On creating the recently released Code of Conduct, María Grand, tenor saxophonist and Roulette 2018 Commissioned Artist, told the New York Times, “The idea is to propose solutions, and also open the conversation to go further.” The Code has been described by NPR as “an aspirational document that helps define sexual harassment and consent for the unusual workplaces and unique circumstances of the performing arts, offering clarity and tools for anyone who witnesses or experiences harassment.”
We are so proud to be part of this positive change and hope others will too. Learn more about WHVC on their website and via profiles from NPR, the New York Times, and Jazz Right Now. Catch the collective speak at Roulette as part of Vision Festival on May 24th at 5pm.