Code of Conduct
Sun Mountain Productions, Hampden Jamden, and its affiliated events are often held at public venues and available to the public. It is intended to be a place that sometimes puts you outside of your comfort zone. In that sense, and in that sense only, it is designed to be an unsafe 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. In other words, by attending our classes and events, you agree to act in an agreeable manner and stop when asked without further provocation.
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.
In keeping with the above, don’t use racist, misogynist, homophobic, transphobic, or ableist language. It’s not only wrong, it’s embarrassing and in bad taste. Anyone who uses language of this kind may be asked to leave, or banned.
Don’t treat our events like a pick-up joint. If you engage in this kind of behavior and make our patrons uncomfortable, you will be asked to leave.
Our events are available to the public and therefore do not belong to any one person more than it does to any other person. The staff works hard to ensure that all of you have fun and thrive as human beings. We expect our regulars to treat both newcomers and other regulars as people and dancers.
Whether you’re dancing, playing music, or finger painting, do not offer unsolicited advice to your fellow students. In our experience the people who do this are usually wrong (and always annoying).
Generally behave like an adult human being. We welcome every lifestyle and every flavor of person. But this isn’t your living room or a house party. (So please no back rub chains, cuddle puddles, or the like. It will make the staff very uncomfortable.)
Sun Mountain Productions and Hampden Jamden deeply believe that it is best for the business and the world if staff, performers, and patrons are held to the standards above. Within the scope of these caveats, do your thing. Should you have any harassment-related complaints, the staff will willingly and enthusiastically hear and act on your complaints however you see fit. Nevertheless, it takes a kind of cultural agreement to make a community safe and fun. We strongly urge you, when it is safe to do so, to take it upon yourself to speak up if you witness something destructive or demeaning. While the social risks of speaking up may feel high, your willingness to speak up can help create an environment of positive social pressure that it’s impossible for the management to generate single-handedly.
Our goal in this context is to move as far as possible towards creating a culture that eliminates these issues rather than dwells on them. With that in mind, should someone raise an issue with your behavior, listen gracefully and be willing to learn. Hostility in response to criticism is generally a sign that the criticism itself was not misplaced. In addition, when making complaints, please be conscious that it is not our job to create an environment where no one will ever rub you the wrong way. Harassment is one thing; personal issues are another. Be an adult.
Regardless of the severity, please feel free to bring your harassment-related concerns to any member of the staff working the event. We will treat these issues with the strictest confidentiality. Your courage in coming forward can keep incidents from being repeated. If you are not sure whether an incident constitutes harassment, feel free to ask the staff’s opinion. If we don’t know, we will find out. Please see our policy and procedure (below) for more information about how issues are handled.
Policies and Procedures
What you can expect if you bring an issue to the staff:
An initial conversation with the staff member away from other staff/patrons.
Complete confidentiality (unless we are sure that someone is in immediate/direct danger).
The staff member will fill out an internal and confidential incident report (description of the event).
You will be asked how you would like the situation to be handled.
If the incident involves a violation of the Code of Conduct, the accused will be handled/not handled in one of the following ways: watched but not approached (we keep an eye on them), spoken to about their behavior, kicked out, banned, or reported to the police. None of these actions will be taken without the approval of the complainant, unless it is a matter of immediate danger.
If desired, the complainant will be directed to local resources and organizations.
Our Responsibilities and Limitations
As business owners we can and will involve ourselves in all of the harassment/discrimination issues listed above, particularly if they occur on the premises. We cannot, however, get involved in interpersonal issues and feuds. Furthermore, it is important for complainants to understand that, while we take action on issues of harassment, we cannot act as a personal support network, we are not trained therapists or social workers, and we need to spend the bulk of our time running the business.
We do not sell alcohol. However, our regular dance space, the Ideal Arts Space, has a Bring Your Own Booze policy, or we might very well hold a dance at an establishment that sells alcohol. As renters and visitors in other people's establishments, we expect Sun Mountain Productions/Hampden Jamden patrons to drink responsibly. When you attend one of our events, you agree to never drive a car under the influence. We will gladly call you a cab. Underage drinking at any our events will of course not be tolerated, and will result in immediate and permanent expulsion from future events. Underage intoxication of any kind (regardless of where the liquor was consumed) will have the same effect. Providing alcohol to a minor is illegal (and often a form of harassment). If you do this, you will likewise be banned for life. Baltimore City law does not permit any outside containers. We are deadly serious about this.
We are happy to host and promote local events in Baltimore City. However, that often means we are in an area where other people not at the event exist and possibly live. Please have respect for the surrounding residential areas and keep noise to a minimum. Yuck it up inside as much as you would like. Parking is often limited due to city parking. Pay attention to all posted signs. Finally, if you are leaving late at night and would like a walk to your car, talk to any staff member and we’d be happy to arrange it for you.