Statement of Solidarity, Diversity & Inclusivity

Our Beliefs

Allied Arts Foundation supports Black Lives Matter, and joins in grieving the senseless deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and all those who have suffered under police brutality and misconduct.

We understand that institutional racism exists in our country and in our cultural institutions, including Allied Arts Foundation. The fight for equity must begin at home and we recognize that we must take an in-depth look at our own cultural and racial biases, address any roles we have played, and work to undo them. We pledge to be an active part of change for racial equity in the arts, and to do our part in helping create a society where People of Color are not oppressed.

We believe that everyone should have access to — and the opportunity to participate in — the arts. We hold a view of diversity that includes the widest range of socially oppressed groups, including people of all colors, genders, identities, abilities, incomes, and religious affiliations.

Our Actions

Allied Arts Foundation works within the city, county, and state partnering with community members to activate, support and advocate for the arts, and equitable inclusion is a consideration that is central to all of our work.

  • We actively seek out new members for Board of Trustees from diverse communities. Our Board includes people from the Black, Latinx, Asian, disabled, and LGBTQ+ populations.
  • Our Executive Committee members include women, elderly, disabled, and LGBTQ+ members, and we will work in the coming year to give a voice to ethnic youth at our organization.
  • All of our programming, including our high school Block Awards, Artist Grants, and Fiscal Sponsorship Program, will continue to be either fully inclusive of all populations, or directed specifically to an underserved population, such as our 2017 artist grant awards to female composers and songwriters, or our current Music Scholarship program for at-risk and underserved youth in South King County.
  • Our promotional and marketing materials, and website will continue to feature images of a wide variety of ethnicities.
  • We will continue to expand our programming direct outreach list, which includes authorities in 29 tribes, 79 ethnic news media outlets, and over 75 individuals and organizations working with disabled and low income populations throughout the state.

If you feel there is more we can and should do, and you want to help us grow in this area, we want to hear from you. We urge you to support arts and cultural institutions owned/operated by Black, Asian, Native American, Latinx, LGBTQ+ and other under-recognized members of our vibrant, creative community.

— Allied Arts Foundation