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Our Racial Equity Journey

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

Mass Cultural Council Racial Equity Journey

2021
November 4

Introducing Our Cultural Equity & Access Initiatives Team

Left to right: Catherine Cheng-Anderson, Director of People & Culture; Charles G. Baldwin, Access & Inclusion Program Officer; Cheyenne Cohn-Postell, Equity & Inclusion Program Officer.

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.)

October 27

Race Equity Action Plan Launched

Two women of color standing side-by-side in front of wood paneling. They face forward. Each has what might be the verge of a smile on their faces.

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.)

September 30

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)

September 21

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.

August 19

2021 Media Partnership Amplifies Cultural Sector

A woman is a blur twirling as part of a performance. Her arms extended over her head.

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.)

July 19

Hiring Begins for Agency Team to Lead DEI Efforts

To support the Agency’s racial equity work, job descriptions were created for the roles of Human Resources Director and a Diversity and Equity Initiatives Program Officer. An RFP was also posted for BIPOC Coordinators.

2020
December 18
November 16

Racial Equity Listening Series – What We Heard

September 9

We’re On This Journey Together: A Racial Equity Listening Series

A small group of youth artists singing and smiling during an outdoor performance

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.)

September 8

HireCulture.org Now Requires Salary Disclosure

August 3

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.

June 19

Council Reaffirms Commitment to Advance Inclusion and Equity

The governing Council of the Mass Cultural Council voted unanimously to approve a Resolution put forth to recommit to the Agency’s strategic pillar focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion.

2018
November 19

Agency Publishes First-Ever DEI Plan

Mass Cultural Council identified five areas of focus and related goals for its FY18-19 Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Plan, based on our own organizational structures and relationships with our constituents. (This Plan was subsequently extended in FY21.)

June 30

Agency Staff and Council Complete Year-Long Learning and Assessment Process

In October 2017, we engaged with the Disruptive ​​Equity ​​Education Project (DEEP) on a year-long series of workshops to educate the staff and governing Council on the personal challenges of engaging in equity work, encourage the development of a mission and vision for equity, and build our capacity to develop actionable plans to sustain professional development learning.

From November 2017-May 2018, we contracted with Third Eye Cultural Collaborative to provide an organizational assessment framework to help us assess our current ability to meet the goals of our new strategic plan, specifically the goal of advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion.


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