Our Commitment to Accountability
"As an international arts organization, we are part of a global ecosystem that seeks to bring dynamic performances to young people and their families. As we look inward to our own complicity in systems that disproportionately benefit white audiences and communities, we recognize that we have not done enough. This is a moment of reckoning. We have not met our burden of proof that we have the courage of our convictions. We will no longer content ourselves with the progress that a trickle of water makes to wear away the stone."

-Wendy Bable, IPAY Board President
IPAY is committed to taking the following immediate action steps in order to combat anti-racism within our organization and our membership. We encourage other performing arts organizations in our community to publicize what action steps they are taking to combat anti-blackness, racism, sexism, and discrimination as well.

  • We pledge to develop policies that protect marginalized communities in our spaces, virtually and in person. 
  • We pledge to recommit to our individual anti-racism work as a staff and Board and support anti-racist movements by lifting up their messaging.
  • We will begin by evaluating our internal operations and creating systems of accountability. We will roll out a series of value statements that set up clear expectations for engaging in our programming, and a clear channel for anonymously, safely, reporting incidents. 
  • We will remain open to feedback from you.
Members of Black Lives Matter, Philly Real Justice, and thousands more rallied on the steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum on May 30th. Photo by Cory Clark/NurPhoto via Getty Images.
Resources to Support the Movement for Black Lives
Below are just a few places to begin as we continue the fight against police brutality and anti-Black racism in the United States.

We will continue to gather and distribute resources; such as organizations we are personally donating our money to, and ways we are educating ourselves, as the movement in defense of black lives progresses. We also encourage you to look up Youth-Led organizations and movements in your area, and support them in any way you can.

This document is regularly updated by organizers all over the US with petitions, educational resources, funds to donate to and more. It is an excellent all-encompassing document and a wonderful place to begin engaging in this work.
This is a resource guide specifically for white people filled with educational sources on how to be a better white ally to BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color).
"National Bail Out is a Black-led and Black-centered collective of abolitionist organizers, lawyers and activists building a community-based movement to support our folks and end systems of pretrial detention and ultimately mass incarceration. We are people who have been impacted by cages — either by being in them ourselves or witnessing our families and loved ones be encaged. We are queer, trans, young, elder, and immigrant."

Donating to bail funds on the local level can also make a huge impact, especially now. We encourage you to research the bail fund for your city. Philly Bail Fund can be found here.

How To Help From Abroad

We encourage the members of our international community to take a stand in the fight for Black Lives. Below is a guide made by @nnoorxo on Instagram which gives specific ways you can get involved immediately.

New Regional Kitchen Tables
Our Regional Virtual Kitchen Table series will be continuing as a space to gather and discuss social issues and the ongoing impact of COVID-19.

Regional Kitchen Table: American Northeast #2

June 9, 12pm-1pm EST

Led by IPAY Board Members Rosa Hyde and Kathryn Westoll
Regional Kitchen Table: UK and Ireland #2

June 11, 3pm British Summer Time, 10am EST

Led by Community Members Alice McGrath (Scotland), Ruth Wikler (Canada), Mohamed Elghawy (Egypt), Aislinn Ó hEoch (Ireland)
Regional Kitchen Table: American Mid and West #2

June 12, 12pm PST, 2pm CT, 3pm EST

Led by IPAY Board Member Laura A Maness, and Community Members Spring Karlo, Melanie Weir, Gillian Jones
We thank you for your continued support and engagement with the IPAY Community. More resources and ways to support the Black Lives Matter cause can be found on our social media pages and in newsletters to come.
Contact IPAY
International Performing Arts for Youth
C/O CultureWorks | The Philadelphia Building
1315 Walnut Street, Suite 320
Philadelphia, PA 19107
267.690.1325 phone | 267.519.3343 fax | Contact Us

Our tax exempt ID is 43-1917355