Our Commitment to Inclusivity

National YoungArts Foundation exists to ensure that tomorrow’s artists receive the support they need today. We empower young people to pursue a life in the arts so they can achieve their potential, including the extraordinary ability of artists to impact society. At this moment, as America struggles to address and change ingrained, systemic racism, our nation’s youth and artists are helping to lead the way. We acknowledge as an organization that we must deepen our work to support the black artistic community. We will continue to engage, listen and learn from our community.

YoungArts will expand initiatives already begun and undertake new ones, as we recommit to being an anti-racist and more equity-focused organization that promotes a diverse and inclusive artistic ecosystem.

We are committed to:

  • Continuing our work with Maven Leadership Collective to prioritize anti-racism, inclusivity, and belonging at YoungArts

  • Continuing to educate staff and trustees on the complexity of the issues, and implementing ways to identify and address inequality and implicit bias

  • Continuing to diversify the board of trustees, leadership, staff, and our funding sources

  • Listening to and engaging with Black, Indigenous, and People of Color to respond to their needs and empower these communities

  • Examining and reevaluating policies and practices at all levels of the organization, including governance, programming, fundraising, communications, recruitment and operations, and alumni engagement through a lens of equity

  • Investing in wellness support and resources for artists exhibiting signs of trauma and stress during programs

  • Expanding board and staff committees and building an alumni advisory committee to be proactive in the ongoing work toward equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts

  • Creating systems of accountability and transparency that will continuously facilitate efforts to learn, grow, and transform

Our artistic community at YoungArts and society at large need to be there for one another more than ever. We pledge to move forward together on this journey with respect, concrete actions and the resolve to do what’s best for the YoungArts community.