In June, we participated in the social media blackout in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. We’ve taken some time to consider our current position and how we move forward. We don’t have all the answers yet, but we are committed to listening, learning and taking action to play our part in building an anti-racist society.
We believe that it’s the responsibility of artsdepot, and everyone who works within it, to work towards combatting racism. We want to actively develop artsdepot to reflect on and off stage the communities we serve, building connections and understanding.
- We will develop and implement an anti-racism strategy and action plan in consultation with the staff team, our trustees, diversity specialists, project partners, and the artists we work with.
- We will create an Anti-Racism Working Group to meet quarterly to review our progress against our anti-racism action plan. Our Trustees will discuss diversity at quarterly board meetings.
- We will create a recruitment policy to broaden the diversity of our permanent and casual workforce as we rebuild our teams following the Covid-19 closure and in the future.
- We will introduce a programme of diversity, inclusion and anti-racism training for all existing staff and board members, and make it central to induction training for new staff.
- We will develop programming and participation activities, and will support the development of new work, which increases and amplifies the voices of Black artists and artists from ethnic minorities.
- We will seek out and support initiatives to improve pathways into the creative industries for Black and ethnic minority creators, artists and performers, backstage, administrative and Front of House staff. We will work with our partners in schools, further and higher education to inspire and develop the next generation.
This will be an ongoing process of listening, learning and developing for us as individuals and for artsdepot as a whole. We are committed to changing the status quo and developing a world inside and outside artsdepot which is anti-racist, open-hearted and inclusive.