Our Commitment to Social Justice

 

ArtsWestchester is a not-for-profit organization which is vital to the growth and sustainability of the arts in Westchester for all residents and visitors regardless of race, age, gender identity, disability, religious and cultural beliefs and sexual orientation. We support and present a broadly defined array of arts and cultural activities, in various forms and disciplines, which embrace the varied expressions of our multi-cultural community.

As ArtsWestchester looks to the future, and in recognition of the current needs of the communities we serve, we reaffirm and further commit to advancing social justice through our policies and practices. We acknowledge that this work is on-going and commit to enacting a strategic vision that is proactive and responsive in shaping a just, fair, and equitable Westchester.

Our Definition and Commitment to the Four Pillars of Social Justice

 

We define and commit to these principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility as interpreted as follows:

Diversity is the representation of all our varied identities and differences (including race, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, socio-economic status) collectively and as individuals. As an arts organization, ArtsWestchester extends its definition of diversity to also include all creative artistic expressions (performance, visual and language-based) as practiced by any group or individual.

We commit to embracing and increasing diversity, believing that diversity in the arts is excellence in the arts.

Equity seeks to ensure fair treatment, equality of opportunity, and fairness in access to resources for all. We commit to working actively to challenge and respond to bias and harassment, and discrimination. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, age, socio-economic status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, physical appearance, or veteran status.

We commit to enacting programs and policies that promote cultural equity, ensuring that the arts are available to all, and especially to Westchester’s most vulnerable residents.

Inclusion builds a culture of belonging by actively inviting the contribution and participation of all people. Inclusion is where people’s differences are valued and used to enable everyone to thrive.

We commit to ensuring that Westchester County is a place where all creative differences and expressions are welcomed, different perspectives are respectfully heard, and where every individual feels a sense of belonging. We commit to fostering an inclusive workplace with fair policies and practices that enables a diverse range of people to work together effectively

Accessibility is ensuring that the arts are available to all. We believe in providing awareness, resources and services in the arts so that individuals are not excluded, denied services, segregated, or otherwise treated differently because of their disability, socio-economic status or other barriers that might preclude participation.

We commit to embracing accessibility of the arts in the broadest possible sense of its meaning to include any and all barriers to participation.