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What We're Reading: January 2019

What We're Reading
A stack of theater magazines, newspaper clippings, reports, and other paper sit on a wood surface. The central magazine shows a cover photo of a woman singing.

As members of an organization that believes in the power of conversation to promote systemic change, the team here at The Lark often circulates, amongst ourselves, anecdotes and emails about materials we've read lately that have moved us. In accordance with our commitment to the amplification of necessary voices that reflect the world we live in, this new, monthly post compiles some of the media we have been tuned in to, to share with our wider community. We know these are only a sampling of all the insightful work out there, so if we missed anything that had an impact on you this month, we encourage you to share in the comments section!

Sippin the EquiTEA

"Here’s our issue with grit: it’s only being taught to the kids who don’t benefit from the current system. It’s the kids who are most impacted by, rebel against, or criticize the embedded racism and classism of their institutions that are being told to have more grit, that school is hard for everyone."

A blog by the Equity in Education Coalition — WA’s only civil rights organization focused on building a revolution in education.

I Make Plays. I Write Criticism. I’m Not My Own Enemy. by Sara Holdren

"...if I approach my writing with the same discipline and the same vulnerability I’d ask of myself in making a piece of theater, then perhaps something new might arise. Criticism at its best can increase both marvel and understanding. Dismantled humanely — which doesn’t mean meekly — bad plays often have much more to teach than good ones."

A hot-take that isn't hard to warm up.

Our default organizational decision-making model is flawed. Here’s an awesome alternative! by Vu Lee

"In the FINAL decision-making process, whoever is closest to the issue area is the person who makes the decision, provided they do two things: Check in with people who will be affected by their decision, and check in with people who may have information and advice that might help them make the best decision."

Just another reason all arts administrators should be subscribed to the stand-by blog Nonprofit AF!

and just cause it makes us happy: 
Lin-Manuel Miranda and Friends Purchase Drama Book Shop by Michael Paulson

"Mr. Kail and Mr. Miranda both said that they were also inspired by 'It’s a Wonderful Life,' in which townspeople rally to save an endangered family banking business. 'There was no hesitation,' Mr. Kail said. 'The Building and Loan was struggling, and we could do something.'"