Thursday Night Swing is a public venue, and it is intended to be a place that sometimes puts you outside of your comfort zone. Because of this, we need to maintain Thursday Night Swing as a safe place. We want you to push yourself, learn new things, and meet people who will challenge you in whatever corner of the arts you pursue. We believe in the value of public arts’ spaces, and we believe in the mixing of diverse groups of people that these places encourage. We believe in humor and the power of not taking oneself seriously. We believe that the world is micro-managed to an annoying degree, and that after a day of work, deadlines, TPS reports, and bosses you should be able to unwind in a relaxed environment where you can see and participate in something real.
In order to make this happen, however, we have a small list of expectations:
1) This environment is for everyone regardless of gender/gender identity, race, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, religion, or whatever. We do not tolerate harassment of any kind. If you harass someone, you may be asked to leave; you may be kicked out for life. It is at our discretion. So don’t do it.
2) In keeping with the above, don’t use misogynist, homophobic, transphobic, ableist, or racist language. It’s not only wrong, it’s embarrassing and in bad taste.
3) Don’t treat Thursday Night Swing like a pick-up joint. Our patrons do not represent a large pool of people for you to hit on. If you engage in this kind of behavior and make our patrons uncomfortable, we will take extreme pleasure in escorting you to the door.
4) Whether you’re dancing, playing music, or finger painting, do not offer unsolicited advice to your fellow students in class or on the social floor. In our experience the people who do this are usually wrong (and always annoying).
5) No aerials or air steps of any kind on the social floor. The risk of injury is just too high.
6) Generally behave like an adult human being. We welcome every lifestyle and every flavor of person at Thursday Night Swing but in order to keep it a safe welcoming place for all, we need to maintain a level of respect for one another and the space around us.
Within the scope of these caveats, do your thing. Should you have any harassment-related complaints, please bring your concerns to any member of the Thursday Night Swing staff (or Kadie & Joe Pangburn). We will treat these issues with the strictest confidentiality. Your courage in coming forward can keep incidents from being repeated.