Mission | Vision | Safety

Our Mission

The louderARTS Project is an arts organization committed to developing constructive and challenging spaces for artists to create, critique, present, and teach poetry.

Our Vision

The louderARTS Project seeks to:

  • create a literary and artistic environment for both its artists and audience by expanding perspective, voice and critical vocabulary.
  • sponsor literary arts programming in underserved communities.
  • encourage experimentation and growth by its artists by creating opportunities to craft and present collaborative, cross-genre work incorporating mixed media, music, dance, and theatrical elements.
  • foster a deeper understanding, within its artists and audience, of the oral and literary traditions which underlie today’s poetry.
  • work in partnership with other organizations to maximize the strengths and expertise of each.
  • Provide a safe and welcoming space for both artists and audience.

Our Committment to Safe Spaces

The louderARTS Project is committed to developing safe, constructive and challenging spaces for artists to create, critique, discuss, present, learn and teach poetry and related art forms.

As a New York State-based arts organization that actively engages diverse populations of artists and audience, the louderARTS Project recognizes and encourages conversations regarding the issue of safety and security for all persons at our public events.

  • We are committed to maintaining physically safe spaces for all persons attending public programs sponsored by the louderARTS Project.
  • All participants are expected to maintain appropriate public decorum and respect for all other individuals within the spaces we occupy.
  • We welcome engaged debate on challenging public issues and artistic perspectives.
  • We engage in both literary writing and performance and in competitive slam performance.
  • We welcome persons of all genders, sexualities, ethnicities, abilities and ages with the understanding that everyone is expected to participate with proper consideration for safety, fairness, ethics, respect, and a sense of fellowship for other artists and audience.

Anyone engaging in behaviors that contravene this code in our public spaces may be asked to vacate the space, and that person may not be invited to return. Anyone practicing threats, intimidation, unwanted advances, or unwanted physical contact on another individual may be asked to vacate the space, and that person may not be invited to return. In an effort to protect the safety and well-being of our artists and audience, we reserve the right to review evidence of instances of violence, intimidation, harassment, threatening, dangerous or unsportsmanlike behaviors that occur in venues other than our public events and subsequently refuse individuals displaying patterns of this behavior access to our programming.

We celebrate difference, freedom of speech, the right to self-expression and diversity of all kinds and hope that by formalizing and making public this policy, we will make it possible for all our artists and audience to enjoy the poetry and performance in our venues in comfort and with a sense of safety above all else.

Any issues regarding matters of personal safety should be reported using our contact form to reach the executive committee of The louderARTS Project.