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Our Commitment to Racial Equity

Working to invest financial, programmatic, and informational resources equitably.

We believe in the power of culture.

Culture – the arts, humanities, and sciences – is a dynamic force for enriching communities, growing the economy, fostering diversity and inclusion, and igniting creativity.

Mass Cultural Council is working to provide leadership to repair, heal, and build towards a cultural sector where racial diversity flourishes, decolonization is perpetuated, and inclusion is the norm.

In order to fully unleash the power of culture, we are committed to:

  • Doing the ongoing and long-term work of being an anti-racist organization.
  • Making racially-equitable investments in historically under-invested communities.
  • Ongoing assessment and equitable improvements to our grants, services, and operations.

We’ve launched a three-year Racial Equity Plan outlining some of the internal and external steps we will take to support and encourage an anti-racist cultural sector in the Commonwealth.

Racial equity and decolonization is the primary focus of this plan due to its connection with economic survival in this country and inequities deeply rooted in systems of education, health, home and landownership, disparities, etc.

For the purposes of this plan, we will use the term BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color). We recognize that language is fluid and the intersectional justice movement is redefining terminology regularly.

This plan is the continuation and deepening of Mass Cultural Council’s response to the world’s demands for change. The Agency has learned much in the creation of this plan and will continue to learn.


A word version of the plan is also available.


What the Racial Equity Plan means for our constituents

Read our Racial Equity Statement.

Read our FAQs about the plan.

Tracking progress on our racial equity journey

Quarterly updates on our equity work will be shared on this page, with our governing Council, and on our equity journey map.

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