Discrimination In The Arts

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As recently as 2014, all of the top 100 pieces of art sold at auctions were created by men. And guess what else? That year, there were no women artists represented in the top 40 Billboard charts. Women were underrepresented among museum directors. Also, filling just 24 percent of the jobs and making a paltry 71 cents for every dollar their male counterparts brought in.

But the problem goes much deeper than that. There’s not just sexism in the arts, but racism and ageism as well. Let’s take a look at what discrimination in the arts means for artists today.

How Discrimination Affects the Arts – And You

Besides the many psychological impacts discrimination can have upon individuals, there are hard-and-fast ways that discrimination can affect your art business.

Here are just a few:

  • Limited employment opportunities
  • Underrepresentation in shows, galleries, auctions, and magazines
  • Lower pay
  • Fewer opportunities for roles (in theaters, television, local theaters, etc.)
  • Harassment
  • Victimization

Add to these the problems of depression and real-world illnesses that research shows are worsen by racism and other forms of discrimination, and you have something that can enormously impact your work and your health.

What You Can Do to Prevent Discrimination in the Arts

There’s a lot you can do to make a difference in the art world regarding discrimination. Just look at the impact the Guerrilla Girls have had with their senses of humor and outrageous antics.

If you’re a member of an underrepresented group, don’t censor the parts of your art that you think aren’t “mainstream” enough. Use them to educate others about your unique abilities and perspectives.

If you’re a member of a majority group, make it your business to seek out artists from other groups for art collab projects. this will also help to share marketing and art collaboration ideas to foster a community of mutual support.

Importantly, get out there and meet and share ideas and strategies with artists of all backgrounds. Our Multi-faced site will provide the kind of career and creativity nurturing space. If you want to get in touch with the widest variety of artists, this is the place to be!

What Hathart Can Do for You

The online space at Hathart will allow you to connect and forge new alliances. Aside from that, Hathart also showcases your work, and get inspiration for future endeavors, all in one safe, convenient spot.

Hathart is a social networking platform that invites artists of all ages, genders, races, and religions to meet and collaborate. We are proud to be inclusive of all artist genres, as well, so that everyone can feel supported and included on our platform.

We provide a jobs database, a place to upload portfolios and receive feedback, and an excellent way to find other artists with whom you can collaborate. If you want to connect get your work noticed, please register for free at


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"Hello All! My name is Catherine Watts and I am the founder of Hathart. For 10 years I was trained as an opera singer. One of the biggest problems I found was that I could not find steady gigs or network with larger groups. Although Facebook and my personal contacts in the arts industry helped me, I found that I needed something more centralized and specialized. That's when I decided to create Hathart. I wanted to build a platform where artists could collaborate with each other and find work. With your help, I hope to grow Hathart into a one-stop shop for the arts and entertainment industry. Thank you for the support and please provide any feedback you can think of!"

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