Thanks for visiting my little patch of internet. Here you will find out more about my role as a Creative Producer working in the arts sector, and read my thoughts on life, culture and leadership. The black, the white, and everything in between.
Tara Lopez identifies three key themes that have emerged so far from the four-year Vital Spark initiative… Last year, The Spark Arts for Children launched Vital Spark, a four-year programme with an ambitious aim: to address the lack of diversity in the children’s arts sector. When it launched, I wrote an article in this magazine exploring some of our… Continue reading Arts Professional Article #2
When I think about the arts sector I am reminded that we, for so much of the time, are one big echo chamber. Too often we’re discussing diversity in relations to the time and space within which we operate - taking the conversations from where we are as a sector rather than where we are… Continue reading The sector: A room with no windows
I’ve had a number of conversations with people about controversies exposed via social media or the news and the thing that quite often surprises people is that, regardless of how I ‘feel’ about the incident in question my overriding emotion is not shocked or angry, it’s glad. Glad that it’s reached a level of national… Continue reading Why I’m happy when discrimination hits headlines.
Vital Spark is a national initiative aiming to create more inclusive and diverse performances for children and young people. Tara Lopez tells the story. As a child of mixed race, I remember my mum handing ethnicity data forms back to my school, saying, “There’s no box for my daughter so I won’t be completing this.”… Continue reading A Vital Contribution
Is it ever too soon to start thinking about the legacy or exit strategy of a funded project? We work in a sector where funding can be taken away faster than it’s given and where nothing is permanent. But when projects are in place to support and enrich peoples live – sometimes to provide essential,… Continue reading Do our funding patterns halt diversity?
Recently, I was asked to introduce myself to the children's art sector through a network called Assitej UK. Here's what I had to say... 'My fondest memories of ‘art’ are of dancing in the kitchen to a mix of reggae, funk and R&B with my family on a Sunday afternoon. This early love of dancing… Continue reading Introducing myself to the children’s sector…