Fort Point Arts Community Statement on Cultural Equity and Diversity

To support a full creative life for all, Fort Point Arts Community commits to championing policies and practices of cultural equity and diversity that empower a just, inclusive, equitable city and 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.

 

DEFINITION OF DIVERSITY

By “diversity,” we mean that our community prospectively embraces differences in gender expression and identity, age, culture, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, physical ability, learning style, religion, occupation, nationality, immigration status, socio-economic status, and the many forms of composite subjectivity and life experience that span these differences. Promoting such a broadly inclusive understanding of diversity requires ongoing education and effort, to ensure support, understanding, and awareness from all community members.

 

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.
  • Cultural equity is critical to the long-term viability of the arts sector. 
  • We must all hold ourselves accountable, because acknowledging and challenging our inequities and working in partnership is how we will make change happen.
  • Everyone deserves equal access to a full, vibrant creative life, which is essential to a healthy and democratic society. 
  • The prominent presence of artists in a community challenges inequities and encourages alternatives and community support of such artistic expression is essential.

 

MODELING THROUGH ACTION

To provide informed, authentic leadership for cultural equity, we strive to…

  • Pursue cultural consciousness across our organization through substantive learning and formal, transparent policies.
  • Acknowledge and dismantle any inequities within our policies, systems, programs, and services, and document organizational progress.
  • Commit time and resources to expand more diverse leadership within our board, staff, membership, network, and advisory bodies.

 

FUELING FIELD PROGRESS

To pursue needed systemic change related to equity, we strive to…

  • Encourage substantive learning to build cultural consciousness and to proliferate pro-equity policies and practices by all of our constituencies and audiences.
  • Improve the cultural leadership pipeline by creating and supporting programs and policies that foster leadership that reflects the full breadth of American society.
  • Generate and aggregate quantitative and qualitative research related to equity to make incremental, measurable progress towards cultural equity more visible.
  • Advocate for public and private-sector policy that promotes cultural equity.

 

We strive to achieve Socially Just Creative Environments through on-going practice, reflection and assessment in the following areas:

  • Arts: providing and valuing a multiplicity of art forms and artistic genre from around the world.
  • Workshops and Programming: creating learning curricula, processes, and environments that model and address diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Staffing: hiring a diversity of artists, educators and administrators who are demographically representative of the communities we serve and conscientiously committed to elevating equity in their work.
  • Community Partnerships: creating authentic and mutually beneficial relationships and collaborations.
  • Work Environment: building a culture that provides professional development and ongoing reflection on eliminating bias and creating equity in our internal- and external-facing work.
  • Housing: a strong and stable artistic community is an essential component of thriving, vibrant neighborhoods. However, strength and stability can only come from artists who are long-term stakeholders in their communities, including those who own their own homes as well as rent their homes. Often artists live and work within the same space, making equitable access to affordable options a critical part of diversity and inclusion in a community. For home ownership, loan qualification, home-buying and foreclosure prevention are significant challenges for all low- and moderate-income (LMI) individuals and families, especially those with non-traditional income-streams such as artists and independent workers. Similarly, for home rental, rental applications, rental qualification processes, and eviction prevention also present significant challenges. In creating resources for artists, we work to identify similar populations and build these resources to serve them as well, so that our work can benefit the broadest possible constituency.
  • Work Space: equitable access to affordable workspace for artists and creatives is essential. While often both are provided as live-work studios, developing access to dedicated work space where art is made is a key component of building a vibrant and culturally diverse arts. 

Instituted by unanimous board vote, 7.14.2020

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