Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Strategies

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Since 2017, the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture in collaboration with the Phoenix Arts and Culture Commission researched, reviewed case studies, and identified values, con​cepts, and practices concerning equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) as it relates to the Office of Arts and Culture's programs. Th​is is a national movement in the arts sector and recognizing that especially in the changing demographics of Phoenix, there is a need for assessing potential inequalities in grantmaking and other services.​​

Strategy Goal

The City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture believes in fair treatment, access, and opportunity fo​r all individuals. Our equity strategy aims to identify and eliminate barriers that have prevented marginalized groups' full participation from the agency's programs and to strengthen equity, diversity, and inclusion in the arts and culture sector for all Phoenix residents.


 Implementing EDI Strategies

To implement EDI strategies, the Office of Arts and Culture seeks to answer the five questions below. The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture defines “communities" as both the arts and culture community and Phoenix residents in all its diverse forms.​

  1. What information and data do we need to know about the communities we are trying to serve?
  2. What are the desired outcomes of this equity process and work?
  3. Who will benefit from this work?​
  4. Who will be burdened from this work?
  5. How are we willing to engage communities in this work?​