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Our Racial Equity Journey

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

Racial Equity Progress Report (Sept – Dec ’23)

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A regular update on our anti-racism work (Image: Participant in the culminating Trashion Show by Multi-Arts students.)

Assessing Recent Outreach & Recruitment Efforts

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Applicant pool for Cultural Sector Recovery Grants shows increased reach (Image: Attendees networking at the Western Mass BIPOC Artist Salon & Resource Share on October 24, 2022.)

Michael J. Bobbitt Receives 2022 Action Bearing Award from MassOpera

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Mass Cultural Council Executive Director Michael J. Bobbitt was honored by MassOpera as the recipient of the 2022 Action Bearing Award, recognizing his advocacy and activism towards the development of a cultural sector that is more equitable, just, representative, and anti-racist. (Image: Award from MassOpera.)

Mass Cultural Council Receives NASAA 2022 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Agency Award

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Our field’s highest honor for a state arts agency demonstrating innovative and exceptional efforts to support and advance DEI in its state (Image: Mass Cultural Council Executive Director Michael J. Bobbitt receives award with Deputy Director, Dave Slatery and Director of People and Culture, Cathy Cheng-Anderson.)

Cultural Equity Learning Community 2.0 Launched

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We are pleased to partner with the Co-Directors of Arts Connect International (ACI) on launching the Cultural Equity Learning Community 2.0 (CELC 2.0), an asynchronous anti-racism course, this summer. CELC 2.0 was developed by ACI to support our arts and culture ecosystem — and its leadership — in progressing equitable practices.

Mass Cultural Council is providing financial support for up to 1,000 Massachusetts artists and cultural sector leaders to attend this training series in FY23.

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