Statement on Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
The Chewelah Creative District is committed to a world in which artists and creatives of all backgrounds and all socioeconomic levels are recognized and embraced as an integral part of our ever-evolving community.
We believe that building a diverse coalition of creative voices and providing equitable access to arts, culture, and participation in Chewelah’s growing creative economy is central to our mission and essential to the sustainable well-being of our community.
We will continue to strive to raise up the many diverse voices present in Chewelah and throughout the Chewelah valley. And, as such, we will continue to welcome new insights, creative collaborations, and diverse human experiences.
Chewelah Creative District is committed to providing opportunity and access to the arts & creative industries for all people across differences of race, color, income, religion, sex, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital or domestic partner status, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, physical or mental disability, medical condition, family care status, military status, veteran status or any other basis protected by local, state, or federal laws.
We are committed to:
- Modeling diversity and inclusion for Chewelah’s creative community and to maintaining an inclusive environment with equitable treatment for all.
- Bringing together community members, artists & creatives, volunteers, leadership, and partners from all walks of life that value diverse, inclusive and accessible experiences.
- Deepening our understanding of and amplifying the wisdom and creative expressions of the original caretakers of the land that we live and work on.
- Acknowledging, analyzing, and dismantling areas within our policies, programs, and services that may perpetuate exclusion, discrimination, inequity, or systemic oppression.
- Refining, adapting, and expanding our DEI statement as our organization and community evolves.
Equity: Fairness and justice for all people.
Diversity: Variety, multiplicity, and intersectional.
Inclusion: Authentic representation, empowered participation, full access, and true belonging.
Access: Supporting equal entry in a way that enables all people to perceive, operate, and understand.