To support a full creative life for all, Arts at the Palace commits to championing policies and practices of cultural equity that work to vanquish social, racial and economic injustice, thus empowering a just inclusive, equitable nation.
DEFINITION OF CULTURAL EQUITY
Cultural equity embodies the values, policies, and practices that ensure that all people including but not limited to those who have been historically underrepresented based on race/ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, socioeconomic status, geography, citizenship status, or religion are represented in the development of arts policy; the support of artists; the nurturing of accessible, thriving venues for expression; and the fair distribution of programmatic, financial, and informational resources.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS & AFFIRMATIONS
- In the United States, there are systems of power that grant privilege and access unequally such that inequity and injustice result, and that must be continuously addressed and changed.
- We must all hold ourselves accountable, because acknowledging and challenging our inequities and working in partnership is how we will make change happen.
- The Arts are essential to a healthy and democratic society.
- Artistic endeavors can confront cultural inequities and promote positive change.
- Cultural equity is critical to the long-term viability of the arts.
MODELING THROUGH ACTION
To provide informed, authentic leadership for cultural equity, we strive to…
- Pursue cultural consciousness throughout our organization through substantive learning opportunities and formal, transparent policies.
- Acknowledge and dismantle any inequities within our policies, systems, programs, and services, and report organization progress.
- Commit time and resources to expand more diverse leadership within our board, staff, advisory bodies, and programs and initiatives.
FUELING FIELD AND COMMUNITY PROGRESS
To pursue needed systemic change related to equity, we strive to…
- Encourage substantive learning to build cultural consciousness and to proliferate pro-equity, anti-racist policies and practices by all of our constituencies and audiences.
- Support, create, and present programs that reflect the full breadth of our American society.
- Generate quantitative and qualitative data related to equity to make incremental, measurable progress towards cultural equity more visible.
- Advocate for policy that promotes cultural equity within the arts in our community.
Adapted from a statement created by Americans for the Arts, with permission.