Commitment to Racial Equity and Inclusion

The Fremont Arts Council (FAC)
Commitment to Racial Equity and Inclusion

Mission statement: The Fremont Arts Council engages community to cultivate the spirit of celebration where everyone is an artist.

In support of this mission, The FAC confirms that:

  • We want to be a community where people of all backgrounds and identities are offered the opportunity and feel welcomed to share and amplify their stories, art, cultures and experiences.
  • We acknowledge that pervasive cultural biases and historic and institutional racism – both conscious and unconscious, past and present — has benefited some communities while limiting opportunities and outcomes for communities of color; leading to vast racial disparities in wealth, housing, criminal justice, health, education and other areas.
  • We are all in some way the products of our environments and of America’s history, past and present. We did not choose this history, but we can shape the future.
  • The FAC exists to support community art. We do this by providing resources, workshops, events, and other opportunities in support of our belief that everyone is an artist, and that art makes our communities strong.

    We recognize that this work depends on everyone feeling welcome and empowered to contribute. We believe that by actively reaching out to expand our community we can find the strength that comes from being as diverse and inclusive as possible. We affirm our commitment to look at our actions with kindness and a racial equity lens, so we can do our part to dismantle systemic racism in our community.

    To foster racial equity and inclusion, we commit our effort, time and resources to:

  • Establish a Racial Equity and Inclusion Action Team to carry this work forward.
  • Design and implement new programs, policies and practices to promote the opportunity for unfettered creativity for all people, and work to actively make space for the participation of People of Color.
  • Collaborate with local organizations serving communities of color to engage artists of color, teachers and participants from diverse communities, in FAC programming and events.
  • Work to promote community voice, trust and dignity; and to engage all communities in a manner that fosters trust among people across geographic, race, class and gender lines and supports communities’ (and individuals’) efforts to create community art.
  • Look at organization wide practices through a racial equity lens with the understanding that this framework is dynamic and will change as we continue to learn and grow in our understanding of and approach to equitable and inclusive practices.
  • We affirm our commitment to providing a safe and welcoming atmosphere for creating art and celebrations.

  • We will work to create a culture of appreciation and honesty; and strive to understand new ideas, perspectives and experiences that are different from our own.
  • We will review all program-related messaging toward a tone of openness and approachability with an emphasis on using accessible and inclusive language.
  • We will develop a policy and process to recognize and respond quickly to reports of racist imagery at a FAC event.
  • We commit resources to educating our board members, leaders and community members on the existence and impact of institutional racism and cultural bias; and to design new thinking and practices to offset its impact.
  • We invite artists and community members of all backgrounds and identities to join us in conversation around these issues. We are always open to feedback, thoughtful dialogue and ideas that will move this work forward.

    Adopted by the Fremont Arts Council Board. February 25, 2018

    See Also: Agreements for Community Conversation and Conduct

    {photo: G. Shaw, 2017}