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Last week, our Universal Participation (UP) Initiative proudly presented the 2020 UP Award to Abilities Dance Boston. Our live stream series celebrated organizations for their excellence in access and inclusion.
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The governing Council of the Mass Cultural Council voted unanimously yesterday to approve a Resolution put forth to recommit to the Agency’s strategic pillar focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Given the current national conversation around race, equity, and social justice, we are proud to amplify the Council’s renewed commitment to this work.
The following resolution was developed in consultation with Agency staff who identify as persons of color and reflects objectives within our strategic plan published in May 2017.
RESOLVED: Recognizing recent events that have occurred in the nation and the renewed awareness of the presence of systemic racism in our society, the Council hereby affirms a dedication to evaluating the progress made toward the objectives contained in the “Advancing Inclusion and Equity” pillar of its Strategic Plan which is provided below.
ADVANCING INCLUSION AND EQUITY
Promote more diverse and inclusive participation in the cultural sector by ensuring equity in policies, practices, and opportunities.
As part of this renewed commitment, each Council meeting will now include dedicated time for reporting on the Agency’s DEI efforts. A call for more diversity in staff, Agency leadership, and Council leadership was also underscored.