Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility

Cambridge Arts embraces a vision that welcomes and supports everyone. Believing that a multiplicity of perspectives is essential to a strong society, we are committed, both in our policies and practices, to building participation in and awareness, understanding, and appreciation of the arts and all cultures. In our ongoing work to address cultural and historical inequities, we strive to be a community anchor that reflects the entire Cambridge community and expands access, opportunities, and inclusion in every form of creative expression. We value diverse voices and people of all ages, backgrounds, ethnicities, abilities, gender identities, sexual orientations, socioeconomic situations, religions, citizenship statuses, and family configurations.

To put this vision into practice, we are taking the following steps on our path towards equity, justice, and inclusion in our department. All of us at Cambridge Arts are engaged and excited by this work and learning. We work individually and as a team to think deeply on this work, learn, and honestly assess and strengthen our department, policies, practices, roles and responsibilities so that Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility (DEIA) practices are centered in everything we do on behalf of the Cambridge community. We are pursuing this work earnestly and honestly so that we can strengthen and improve our connection to and service on behalf of the City.

Cambridge Arts Departmental Conversations, Database, Practice & Outcomes

• Bimonthly departmental meetings to discuss DEIA learnings
• Review of Department Governance & Organizational statements and documents with a goal to better center DEIA thinking and practices
• Review of Cambridge Arts programming and service through the lenses of DEIA to make changes and updates that center this thinking and work in our service to the community
• Review of Mayor’s Arts Task Force report (July 2019) for input and learning opportunities and to determine where and how to make positive changes to Cambridge Arts
• Review and Audit of Grant Making practices and outcomes
• Documentation of work and outcomes

City of Cambridge Equity & Inclusion Initiative (CEII)

• Department Head participation in two-year leadership leaning and development cohort program
• Peer-to-Peer Mentorship
• Return learning and practices to employees
• Participation in Community of Practice (Cambridge Arts & CityView 22 departments)

Cultural Equity & Learning Community (CELC)

via Arts Connect International
• CELC Funder to support participation by staff and board members at arts and culture organizations across Cambridge
• CELC Participant: 6-month learning cohort with weekly online lectures, learning tools, educational prompts, and drop-in sessions
• Frequent opportunities to learn from user experts & cultural discussions groups
• Peer-to-Peer mentorship with local, regional and national peers

Massachusetts Cultural Council’s Universal Participation Program Innovation & Learning Network (ILN)

• Sought and Received statewide grant to support participation in MCC Universal Participation Program (2018/2019)
• Participated as one of eight cultural organizations in an Innovation and Learning Network (ILN) cohort
• Engaged and Participated in User-Expert Site Visits for direct review and experience of programs and services
• Participated in four-month workshop series presented by User-Experts on a variety of topics (Attitudinal & Policy Environments, Digital & Information Environments, Communication & Educational Environments, Social Environments & Organizational Access Plan)