Stronger Plans, Higher Standards.

Control Group is thrilled to announce receipt of a grant from the Performing Arts Readiness project and LYRASIS with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation!

This award will support a yearlong process of developing an Intersectional Emergency & Accessibility Plan for our organization, with a focus on immersive performance in unconventional spaces.

We see this as a critical step for our organization, particularly within the emerging field of immersive performance, which presents unique safety and access challenges and does not yet have widely-used standard practices in these areas.

Our proposal ties together the health and safety concerns of traditional emergency management planning with the equivalent organizational dangers presented by gaps in access, inclusiveness, and equity in our working environments and public events.

Our process will move forward in consultation with Majestic Collaborations, and will also include an Accessibility Consultation with Phamaly Theatre Company, Anti-Oppression Training with Regan Byrd Consulting, and consultation with a legal advisor around the creation of innovative, anti-oppressive mutual-benefit contract templates.

In dialog with our professional community, we'll gather, create, and institute methodical policies and best practices for event safety and accessibility, inclusive collaboration and outreach, equitable contracting, and overall organizational health.

As we institute our Plan in-house, we'll also make it available as a set of open-source documents and templates for other artists and companies to adapt, adopt, and advance. We hope that artists locally, nationally, and even globally can benefit from this work and carry it far beyond what we put together.

You can read the full grant proposal here: PAR Proposal

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