REFRAMING THE WAY WE THINK ABOUT, AND WORK WITH CAREGIVERS IN THE ARTS
Balancing Act exists to create increased accessibility for parents and caregivers working in the performing arts across Canada. In collaboration with partner organizations, our aim is to develop, pilot and evaluate innovative strategies, examine best employment practices, and advocate for artist parents and caregivers who wish to retain careers in the industry and achieve greater work/life balance.
As a result of the ongoing pandemic situation, Balancing Act has shifted to respond. While strategies we had intended to trial with our partners such as on-site childcare during performances, the 5-day work week, creating a family room at the theatre and best practices for touring have become less relevant, working from home, flexible hours and adaptive artistic practices have moved to the forefront for us all.
With no definite end to social distancing measures in sight Balancing Act has turned our focus on developing digital tools to support artist parents and while also engaging young people through art. As we continue to navigate through this time of social isolation as a sector, we hope that the resources we develop will prove to be useful tools for organizations not only during this period of isolation, but also as we look towards implementing innovative approaches to working flexibly and supporting caregivers when we return to business as usual.
The Balancing Act website will launch on Friday May 22, 2020.