Where We Stand – An Update

Where We Stand – An Update in April 2021

In June 2020, in response to the events surrounding George Floyd’s death and the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement, we posted our statement of support and solidarity for anti-bias, anti-racism, and racial disparity work.

As we stated then, words are not enough and we feel it is important to update our community on the work that we’ve embarked on, while recognizing we still have a long way to go.

  • With the ongoing pandemic, KAC recognized the need to sharpen our focus on four core priorities. Beginning our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) work with the board and staff has been one of these four paramount objectives.
  • We have begun the internal education process for board and staff examining issues such as bias and privilege and how that impacts KAC, our community, and our own personal lives.
  • In our search for a new Executive Director, understanding and willingness to work on DEI issues is a key hiring criteria.
  • Lastly, once our new Executive Director is in place, our next priority will be to hire a professional, independent DEI facilitator and trainer. With both the new Executive Director and this trainer, our goal is to examine our practices and identify how KAC can concretely live our values and serve our community.

KAC believes in inclusivity and equity. Art-centered spaces should be places of freedom, safety, and active anti-racism. We believe art has the power to transform lives, but that transformation is limited to the few if all people cannot come freely to these spaces and works, without fear of discrimination.

If you have questions about our stated values or our ongoing process, please don’t hesitate to contact us at info@kirklandartscenter.org.

Where We Stand – June 2nd, 2020

Today, we are reflecting, learning, and listening. Our board and staff members are engaging in important conversations. We are pursuing ways that we can effectively impact our community with anti-bias, anti-racism, and racial disparity work.

Words are not enough, but silence is unacceptable.

KAC believes in inclusivity and equity. Art-centered spaces should be places of freedom, safety, and active anti-racism. We believe art has the power to transform lives, but that transformation is limited to the few if all people cannot come to these spaces and this work freely, without fear of discrimination.

 “We all play a role. Solidarity is the only way.”

– Rachel Cargle, Teacher, Storyteller, and Advocate

Art by Miha Sarani

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