SLIDING SCALE GUIDELINES
HOW TO USE THE BIPOC SLIDING SCALE
With support from the Papitto Opportunity Connection, we are able to offer our BIPOC-centered courses at sliding scale. All of our classes are priced such that, as a not-for-profit educational organization, we are able to cover our overhead and pay artists a living wage. These BIPOC-centered classes have a suggested price in line with our standard pricing model, but consider using these guidelines to help you pay within your ability.
With the mission of expanding access to our studios, we encourage you to be conscientious of the enrollment availability, and please limit your enrollment to one of these classes per season (Fall/Winter & Spring/Summer). You may join waitlists for multiple programs if you would like to enroll in more than one BIPOC-class.
Consider paying less on the scale if you:
- are a person who experiences discrimination/violence related to systemic oppression
- have medical expenses not covered by insurance, been denied work, or experience discrimination related to ableism
- are eligible for public assistance
- have immigration-related expenses
- are an unpaid community organizer
- have been denied work due to incarceration history
- are supporting children or have other dependents
Consider paying more on the scale if you:
- own the home you live in or other property
- are in Providence as a result of enrollment or employment in one of the universities in Providence
- have investments, retirement accounts, or inherited money
- have health insurance or other employer benefits
- travel recreationally
- have access to family money and resources in times of need
- work part time by choice
- have daily reliable transportation or own your vehicle
- have a relatively high degree of earning power due to level of education, gender privilege, racial privilege, thin privilege, class background, etc.