Our Racial Equity Journey
Working to invest financial, programmatic, and informational resources equitably.
Mass Cultural Council Racial Equity Journey
$975,000 Awarded to 51 AAPI Organizations for Pandemic Recovery
This legislatively-mandated, one-time relief program was established by the MA House Asian Caucus. (Image: Wah Lum Kung Fu & Tai Chi Academy in Malden.)
Racial Equity Progress Report (Jan – Mar 22)
A quarterly report on our anti-racism work, including internal and external steps we are taking. (Image: Drawing class in an Armenian Museum gallery)
Racial Equity Progress Report (Oct 21 – Jan 22)
A quarterly report on our anti-racism work, including internal and external steps we are taking. (Image: Dot Art participant holding a rock painted with the words “You are beautiful as you are.”)
Meet the BIPOC Outreach Coordinators
These four engagement enthusiasts are help the Agency form new relationships and surface unmet community needs. (Image (l-r): Tran Vu, Erika Slocumb, Erin Genia, and Ana Masacote )
Introducing Our Cultural Equity & Access Initiatives Team
Working closely with our Executive Director, this new team will work – internally and externally – to advance the Agency’s equity, access, and inclusion goals. (Image, left-right: Catherine Cheng-Anderson, Director of People & Culture; Charles G. Baldwin, Access & Inclusion Program Officer; Cheyenne Cohn-Postell, Equity & Inclusion Program Officer.)
Race Equity Action Plan Launched
With the release of our first-ever Racial Equity Plan, Mass Cultural Council commits to doing the ongoing and long-term work of being both a racially equitable and anti-racist Agency. (Image: Racial Equity Plan cover, featuring a still image from the film “Drip Like Coffee” by Anaiis Cisco, Mass Cultural Council 2021 Film & Video Finalist.)
In Pursuit of Equity: Four Case Studies of State Arts Agencies
The National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) released In Pursuit of Equity: Four Case Studies of State Arts Agencies, a report that describes how state arts agencies in four states—California, Maryland, Massachusetts, and South Carolina—have integrated equity principles across multiple aspects of their work. (Image: Cover art for In Pursuit of Equity)
Governing Council Approves FY22-24 Racial Equity Plan
On September 21, 2021 our governing Council convened virtually in a Special Meeting to review, discuss, and approve the Agency’s draft Racial Equity Plan. After a presentation of the draft plan and a follow-up discussion of the concepts of “colonization” and “decolonization” and what these terms mean in regard to Agency policy deliberations and cultural sector philanthropy, the Council showed its strong support by voting 14-0 to adopt the Racial Equity Plan.
2021 Media Partnership Amplifies Cultural Sector
Mass Cultural Council invested $130K in nonprofit media outlets to spotlight cultural nonprofits dedicated to diversity, equity, and inclusion. (Image: Maria Mitchell in Terry Jenoure’s MY BRONX, commissioned and presented by Eggtooth Productions.)
Michael J. Bobbitt Named Next Executive Director
Bobbitt, currently the Artistic Director of the New Repertory Theatre in Watertown, MA, will officially join the Agency on February 1, 2021. (Image: Craig Bailey/Perspective Photo.)
Racial Equity Listening Series – What We Heard
A summary of what we heard at our Fall listening sessions.
We’re On This Journey Together: A Racial Equity Listening Series
Recent events fomented a growing movement for racial equity and justice. Mass Cultural Council took this moment in time to embark on a restart and refocus of our work as it relates to racial equity. (Image: Youth performing at an Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción (IBA) event.)
HireCulture.org Now Requires Salary Disclosure
Cultural Competency Trainings Held for Staff and Governing Council
In August 2020, staff and the governing Council began a series of cultural competency trainings with Multicultural BRIDGE.