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A regular report on our anti-racism work
In 2021, Mass Cultural Council 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. As part of the plan, the Agency has committed to sharing our progress on this work each quarter:
This fall the Agency focused on internal inclusion work.
The arts and culture sector has made a lot of intentional and successful steps toward diversifying its leadership and workforce in the past few years. And while this was a long-awaited necessary step in the direction of equity, a diverse workforce does not immediately enact systemic change.
When faced with the exciting challenge of utilizing the new skills and perspectives that had joined Mass Cultural Council in recent years, the Agency created cross-agency working groups to help bring minds from different teams together. These working groups can also be thought of as a task force, or a temporary committee; they are brought together around a certain topic that needs consideration and direction and are populated by staff members with the desire and capacity to contribute to the conversation.
To make sure the working group process had focus and order despite being a collaboration between different teams with different working styles, guidelines were created. These guidelines establish practical measures like rotating roles for participants and standards for communicating details along the way, while also serving as a guide to the kind of collaborative culture of these working groups.
Below please see Mass Cultural Council’s goals and meeting norms for all working groups and find inspiration for how to engage your teams in the future.
Working group guidelines have been established to:
When participating in a working group, I will:
Track on-going progress using our racial equity journey map.