louderARTS is, and has always been, committed to providing a safe and welcoming space for both artists and audience alike. Besides being one of the founding tenets of our reading series over 15 years ago, our official safety policy was crafted in September 2011.
We’ve had a history of protecting safety in the spaces we administer by immediately removing from the premises any individuals posing threats, once they were clearly identified as such. We have been purposefully consistent in the approach that we take regarding the safety of all individuals, as is stated in our safety policy. We have never made a public statement regarding any individual situation as we recognize that doing so would contravene all tenets of due process and civil liberty, while potentially endangering a complainants’ privacy as well their ability to pursue resolution via legal channels.
Our current safety policy, drafted by Rich Villar and refined by Lynne Procope (and reviewed with the management of our primary performance venue), can be found on our website, and has been publicly available on our Facebook page since September 2011.
We take safety very seriously, and we take our approach to ensuring the safety of all individuals just as seriously.
Further, we think that it is important to acknowledge that, in our community over the last year there have been very helpful safe space community meetings hosted at the Nuyorican Poets’ Café. There is good work being done there and we wholeheartedly support it. You can contact Mahogany Browne for more information on how to participate in those meetings.
If you ever have any questions or concerns about issues of safety, or anything else related to The louderARTS Project, please feel free to contact us directly.