For 26 years, the Hideout has worked to build a creative community that is vibrant, nurturing, diverse, and is reflective of the city’s complicated, beautiful artistic and cultural scene. In that time, we’ve weathered many storms.
The latest situation, however, appears to be one we cannot weather in our current form. We take the concerns voiced by Mykele Deville and others in the community very seriously. We acknowledge the deep pain Mykele and others are feeling. We have met with our staff, and we are ready to put in the hard work, and hear the difficult truths that such change requires. We are committed to taking action as we work with a human resources organization with a focus on diversity, equity and inclusion. The first step will be an equity audit of our policies and practices.
We won’t devalue this process by pretending it can be done perfectly, simply or quickly. We understand it will take time to build trust, to foster open communication, to develop a meaningful plan for change and then to implement it. With patience and guidance from the community, we hope to get there.
In the last two weeks, a large number of our upcoming bookings have been canceled. With a heavy heart, as of November 7, 2022 the Hideout is taking a hiatus to navigate this situation. As part of the process, we will explore options to provide support to our employees. It is our sincere hope that we will be able to reopen in 2023, with new leadership, and a commitment to a healthy, supportive and respectful organizational culture.
As the next steps become clearer, we will keep the public informed. Until then, we thank our patrons, performers, past and current staff for all that you have done to make the Hideout the cultural home that it has been to so many of us.
Tim and Katie Tuten
Mike and Jim Hinchsliff