Hi there. Can I tell you what I dream of doing?
I want to ensure that all people - regardless of background, ethnicity or income - are able to enjoy, benefit from, and contribute to the arts and culture sector.
It's all part of making a better world.
A diversity of experiences, perspectives and contributions leads to innovation, evolution and understanding. An empathetic, open-minded organisation (unhindered by structural unconscious bias) is best placed to serve as a tool that unleashes the transformative potential of all.
This is really going to help people.
The impact of my vision will be felt by young people in the South East of England, aged 11-20. Furthermore, by actively working to promote anti-racism and anti-discrimination in the arts, the organisation will be proudly participating in the shaping of a future arts and cultural ecology that values everyone, thus promoting peace, justice and equality for all.
It's not just about having an idea though - here are the things I know I can achieve:
The organisation models diversity: in staff, artists, and participants (in experience, ethnicity, and socio-economic makeup)
The organisation has clear and effective policies and procedures for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
The organisation plays an active role in de-colonising and democratising the visual arts
I'm going to make this happen, and this is how I know it'll make a difference.
The success of my vision will be measured through:
- Ongoing evaluation of stats gathered from Equal Opportunities Monitoring forms
- The display of transparent, public documentation around EDI policies and procedures
- The delivery of de-colonisation / democratisation activities for the benefit of stakeholders
Thanks for listening to me. Will you help me build a better world?