En Garde Arts creates, produces and presents bold theatre experiences that reach across artistic, physical and social boundaries. We aim to increase empathy and open-mindedness by illuminating nuanced perspectives and unspoken truths behind the salient issues of our time. By bringing together artistic teams with non-arts partners from the outset, and merging seasoned theatre-goers with new audiences, En Garde Arts sparks dialogue among people not normally in conversation, both in New York and beyond.
Our programming has three initiatives aimed at moving forward social change through the arts: 1) we assemble artistic teams familiar with and passionate about the subjects they are tackling; 2) we support a lengthy development process and partner with non-arts stakeholders from the outset who function as advisors, mentors and ambassadors; and 3) we implement strategies to ensure that the people affected by the subject matter at hand are sitting alongside theatre-goers curious about new perspectives.
We recognize that trust cannot be built in a day and our ambassadors have relationships with the communities we are attempting to reach. Thus at the core of our mission is a fundamental emphasis on equity, diversity and inclusion. Our art and our artists are reflective of this.
Our Goals for the Future
While En Garde’s programming has always been diverse,
we have discovered a fundamental need for change in every facet of the organization. We want to:
Plan for a new organizational leadership model that can take place in the next 3 to 5 years that transitions from single vision leadership by a founder to a diverse collective of creative producers/directors.
Pivot our funding model from predominantly philanthropy-based to incorporating work for hire services attracted by our ability to enliven neighborhoods and spur economic development through partnerships with city planners, BIDS and community agencies.
Seek new board leadership that is diverse in age, ethnicity, race and perspective. Structure the board to take an active role in strategic thinking around new models and sources of income and help build our base of individual support
We at En Garde Arts acknowledge that we live and work on the unceded land of the Lenape Peoples. En Garde Arts recognize the longstanding significance of these lands for Lenape nations past and present and that New York City currently has the largest urban Native population in the United States. This acknowledgement demonstrates a commitment to beginning the process of working to dismantle the ongoing legacies of settler colonialism.This is a living land acknowledgement, and we will continue to revise and strengthen it in collaboration with community members.