Accelerating Cultural Equity
Throughout Marin’s Creative Sector
Marin is a starkly segregated County with the deepest racial disparities in the State across a wide range of measures. In Marin’s 2019 Cultural Plan, our community made cultural equity—arts by and for everyone—one of three top-priority goals and tasked Marin Cultural Association (MCA) with spearheading its achievement. We are proud to bear that mantle and are committed to the necessary work, both in our organization and in partnership with the whole creative sector, to build a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment.
Our Vision for Cultural Equity at MCA & Throughout Marin:
Equitable Representation of Systemically Excluded Groups—On the staffs, boards, audiences, artists and in artistic programming;
Equitable Access to Capital for BIPOC & Other Underrepresented Groups—Through individual donors and institutional mechanisms to support diverse artists and cultural expression;
Welcoming Pathways to Arts Leadership for All—With education, training, mentorships and other support for systemically excluded groups;
Equitable Access to High-Quality Arts—For every student in Marin County’s public schools.
Our Immediate Action Plan:
Shared Learning & Leadership—MCA will provide expert-facilitated training for County arts leaders, including MCA board members and staff in order to:
Center equity in their organizations and decision-making; and
Develop a shared vision and collective strategy to advocate and advance cultural equity throughout the County.
Ongoing Accountability—We will develop and employ ongoing equity metrics to hold ourselves accountable.
PLEASE JOIN US!
From the Marin Cultural Equity Network
Marin County bears the painful distinction of being the most racially inequitable County in California. This is reflected across Marin’s creative sector as it is in all aspects of our civil life. That is why, in 2019, our community made cultural equity a central goal of the Marin Cultural Plan: “Ensure that Marin arts are by and for everyone.” We call on every member of Marin’s creative community to commit with us to the deep and serious work necessary to achieve this vision.
As members of Marin County’s arts and culture sector—artists, arts leaders and supporters who live or work in Marin—we acknowledge our own complicity in the systems and practices that have placed cultural access and participation out of reach for many in our community. We have formed the Marin Cultural Equity Network to
harness the collective power and creative capacity of Marin’s creative sector in the fight for cultural equity. We are committed to moving from words to action, to accomplishing transformative change, and to holding ourselves and one another accountable. The following Cultural Equity Pact is a first step in that journey.
Please join us.
MARIN COUNTY ARTS LEADERS
How can we move from DEI to community benefit?
How do our values translate into dollars spent?
What can we do together that we can’t do apart?
Join us from October 20-26, 2021 10 AM -12 PM PST (Ending 12:30 PM PST on the first and last day) for the ArtChangeUS Cultural Community Benefits Training.
Based on the ArtChangeUS Cultural Community Benefits Toolkit and facilitated by ArtChangeUS team members and independent creatives in the field, this training will guide participants through creative exercises aimed at unpacking complex equity issues, highlighting best practices that evolve beyond representation to create participatory equity and community benefit.
In five 2-hour sessions, participants will be guided through five key Principles.
Working within an anti-racist context, the CCB training offers individuals and organizations creative, practical and meaningful strategies for building commitments to greater diversity, equitable stakeholder relationships, and structural change within their work. Each unit is anchored by a Memorandum of Understanding that becomes a tangible takeaway and template for the organization increasing its accountability to its community and a map for institutional change.
You will come away from the training with:
A draft MOU that becomes part of your strategy for increasing equity inside your work or workplace
Innovative resources & methodologies from national arts leaders and community activists
Uniquely developed engagement exercises & case-building data
An immersive experience based on the ArtChangeUS CCBP Toolkit
Enhanced skills for online learning
Questions? Contact Gabriella Calicchio at GCalicchio@marincounty.org.