The Office of Arts & Culture believes that
- Recommended solutions of the past, which have focused on diversity rather than racial equity, have not resulted in equitable access to opportunities and outcomes for artists and people of color nationally or locally.
- Addressing historic injustices is a vital component of achieving equity for communities of color.
Therefore, the Office of Arts & Culture, in partnership with the Office for Civil Rights, is committed to role modeling best practices in dismantling, and working to educate arts and cultural organizations on institutional and structural racism. We are committed to addressing and increasing community-wide awareness about existing inequities so that we, along with our cultural and community partners, can most effectively work together toward a vision of racial equity.
Cultural Partnerships and Grants Manager
Commitment to Racial Equity
The Office of Arts & Culture affirms that
- All people, their culture, and their art contribute to the meaning and understanding of our humanity, our society and our planet, and should be honored and celebrated.
- Artists, their art, their process, and the organizations they create and support play a unique role in witnessing and providing inspiration and strategies to eliminate societal inequity and injustice.
- Policies, practices and procedures, both intentional and inadvertent, have resulted in unequal access to education, housing, transportation, healthy food, cultural spaces, and countless other resources for African, Black, Latino(a), Asian, Pacific Islander, Arab, and Native American communities and artists. This systemic, unequal access to opportunity has resulted in generations of unjust and in equitable outcomes for communities of color. The result is an ongoing pattern of oppression and structural racism.
- These social inequities continue to be reflected in the programs, policies and practices of most organizations, including those working in the in arts and cultural community. Therefore, in order to create a more equitable society, funders, arts organizations, and artists should take explicit actions to change our policies, practices, structures and norms.
Seattle Office of Arts & Culture in conjunction with the Office for Civil Rights (SOCR) presents a two-day training with follow-up on racial equity for representatives of arts and cultural organizations:
Racial Equity Learning Cohort—Turning Commitment into Action
This two-day learning cohort offers arts and cultural organizations the tools they need to turn their commitments to building racial equity—both within their organizations and through their work in and with community—into actions for tangible change. The Community Institute two-part intensive training session, Turning Commitment into Action, will give representatives the opportunity to develop skills to address perceived and actual barriers to racial equity within their organizations and the arts and cultural sector. This is the third offering of this cohort.
Pre-registration is required; for a description and full list of requirements visit Turning Commitment into Action.
Monday, September 28, 5 - 9 p.m.
Location in Seattle, TBD
Wednesday, September 30, 5 - 9 p.m.
Location in Seattle, TBD
The cohort includes these required sessions:
- Two half-day training sessions: Monday, September 28, 5 - 9 p.m.; Wednesday, September 30, 5 - 9 p.m. Following these sessions and before the third session, four hours of work, the bulk of which will be done with the other people from your group.
- A follow-up session to develop your racial equity plans, explore tools and learn from peers' successes and challenges: Saturday, October 17, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
- A final session to assess progress and plan adjustments to strategies and tactics: Wednesday, November 18, 5 - 9 p.m.
- Additional sessions, optional and strongly recommended, may be added to maximize learning and support.
Registration opens June 8 at 9 a.m. and closes August 11 at 5 p.m.
Questions contact Diana Falchuk at 206.498.5949
Inclusive Outreach and Engaging Diverse Audiences
A selection of tools for different purposes, curated and developed by national experts
- King County's Building Equity Infographic
- Western States Center
Free tools and other resources for achieving racial, gender and economic justice
- Non-profit Anti-racism Coalition (NPARC)
Seattle-based resource for technical assistance and collective learning
- Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity
Research and recommendations on the intersection of race, geography and opportunity, including Areas of Opportunity Maps
- Race Forward
Formerly The Applied Research Center; research, tools and best practices
News & analysis, investigation & action; run by Race Forward
Strategy, Research & Vision for Racial Justice
- Race the Power of an Illusion
PBS/California News Reel video series and website on the history of the social construct of race and the pseudo-science that supported it. Streams free through Seattle Public Library (with valid Library card).
- Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity
A film by Shakti Butler
Racial equity leaders talk about personal experiences with and social patterns for race, racism and racial equity.
- Understanding White Privilege
- Robin DiAngelo Articles on What Does It Mean to Be White?
- World Trust
Social impact through film and dialogue, this site offers resources and materials to help deepen the conversation on race.
- Invitation to the Party
- City of Seattle's Inclusive Outreach and Public Engagement Guide
- Regional Arts & Culture Council's Building Blocks for Engaging Diverse Audiences
- Making Meaningful Connections: Characteristics of Arts Groups that Engage New and Diverse Participants
- Tips: Creating a Diversity and Inclusion Program
- Asian American Performer's Action Coalition (AAPAC) — The Changing Face of Theatre with Tips on What We Can Do
- Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts Resource List for Diversity In the Arts
The Alliance serves as an expert advocate and educational resource for full inclusion in theatre, film, television, and related media.
- Center for Social Inclusion (CSI)
Communication tools, strategies and leadership develop to transform structural inequity and exclusion into structural fairness and inclusion
- The Arts & Freedom of Expression Network
- The Human Rights Council of the United Nations - Report
The right to freedom of artistic expression and creativity
- Arts Freedom
International news and info about artistic freedom of expression
- National Coalition Against Censorship