Do Arts Organizations Need To Rethink Diversity?

When large, white organizations produce minority works they typically select the “low hanging fruit,” the most popular works by diverse artists featuring the most famous minority performers and directors. This almost invariably hurts the minority arts organizations in the neighborhood, most of which are small and underfunded, and cannot afford to match the marketing clout or the casting glamour of their larger white counterparts. How else to explain the reduced strength of American black theater companies over the past twenty years?