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Building an Inclusive, Equitable Community 

Even before the social reckoning of 2020, ArtsWave had been working with local organizations to make inclusion a hallmark of the Cincinnati region’s arts. And, ArtsWave has been steadily increasing direct funding for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) arts and artists, topping $1 million in the last year.

This work is part of ArtsWave’s "Lifting as We Learn" diversity, equity, inclusion and access (DEIA) commitment, formalized between 2018 and 2020.

Milestones for “Lifting as We Learn” include asking 30 arts organizations that receive annual operating support to furnish their own board-approved DEIA plans by January 2021. ArtsWave has provided coaching and learning opportunities in the areas of regional demographic trends, implicit bias, and best practices in planning and execution. In addition to prioritizing diverse boards and staffs at regional arts institutions, ArtsWave’s success indicators also include more consistently mixed black and white audiences experiencing local arts by 2023, and a roster of stable, thriving cultural organizations led by people of color by 2027.