Increasing diversity, equity, inclusion, and access in Cincinnati’s arts organizations

Posted on: November 20, 2020

“ ‘Lifting as We Learn’ is a diversity, equity, inclusion and access (DEIA) commitment that ArtsWave adopted in June 2020,” writes ArtsWave Chief Operating Officer Kate Kennedy in Monday’s (11/16) Cincinnati Business Courier. ArtsWave is a Cincinnati-based nonprofit that supports local arts projects and organizations. “ ‘Lifting as We Learn’ calls for increased investment in arts organizations and artists of color…. The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra has begun the work of integrating a DEIA initiative into their 10-year strategic plan. This summer, they crafted a 10-point action plan and created a new position (chief diversity and inclusion officer) … In Cincinnati’s Price Hill [neighborhood], the MYCincinnati youth orchestra and their parent organization, Price Hill Will, also drafted a DEIA plan…. Already, MYCincinnati has seen major movement.… Several local leaders have now joined the organization’s board after having previously been, according to Development Director Samantha Lane, ‘in orbit but not deeply engaged’ with the youth orchestra…. ArtsWave has asked 30 arts organizations that receive annual operating support to create their own board-approved DEIA plans by January 2021…. As we … work toward rebuilding a better arts sector after pandemic-related restrictions are lifted, ArtsWave made ‘Ensuring Cultural Diversity’ a key pillar of the Arts Vibrancy Recovery Fund.”