Cultural Equity

Cultural Equity Statement

To support a full creative life for all, Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival commits to championing policies and practices of cultural equity that empower a just, inclusive, equitable nation. Theatre as a tool for social change can only be so powerful as the unique and diverse stories we tell and the lives we enrich both on and off the stage.

Definition of Cultural Equity

Cultural equity embodies the values, policies, and practices that ensure that all people— including but not limited to those who have been historically underrepresented based on race/ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, socioeconomic status, geography, citizenship status, or religion—are represented in the development of arts policy; the support of artists; the nurturing of accessible, thriving venues for expression; and the fair distribution of programmatic, financial, and informational resources.

 

Acknowledgments & Affirmations

  • In the United States, there are systems of power that grant privilege and access unequally, such that inequity and injustice result, and that must be continuously addressed and changed. 
  • Cultural equity is critical to the long-term viability of the arts sector. 
  • We must all hold ourselves accountable because acknowledging and challenging our inequities and working in partnership is how we will make change happen. 
  • Everyone deserves equal access to a full, vibrant, creative life, which is essential to a healthy and democratic society. 
  • The prominent presence of artists challenges inequities and encourages alternatives. 

*Source: www.americansforthearts.org/about-americans-for-the-arts/statement-on-cultural-equity

Actions

  •  In the United States, there are systems of power that grant privilege and access unequally, such that inequity and injustice result, and that must be continuously addressed and changed.
  • Cultural equity is critical to the long-term viability of the arts sector.
  • We must all hold ourselves accountable because acknowledging and challenging our inequities and working in partnership is how we will make change happen.
  •  Everyone deserves equal access to a full, vibrant, creative life, which is essential to a healthy and democratic society.
  • The prominent presence of artists challenges inequities and encourages alternatives.

 

Commitments

  • Have a diverse board and staff.
  • Select 50% of our non-Shakespeare plays each season to be written by female playwrights or playwrights from culturally under-represented groups.
  • Have at least one show per year with a cast that is comprised predominantly of actors otherwise under-represented on stage.

Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival performs on the traditional, ancestral, unceded territory of the Hopi, Pueblos, Dine, Western Apache, and Hohokam.