Cultivating community through accessible arts experiences for all.
Our Statement On Cultural Equity
To support a full creative life for all, the ZACC commits to championing practices of cultural equity that empower a just, inclusive, equitable community and society.
Our Definition Of Cultural Equity
Cultural equity embodies the values, policies, and practices that ensure that all people—including but not limited to those who have been historically underrepresented based on race/ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, socioeconomic status, geography, citizenship status, or religion—are represented in the development of arts programming; the support of artists; the nurturing of an accessible, thriving venue for expression; and the fair distribution of programmatic, financial, and informational resources.
Acknowledgements and Affirmations
The Missoula Valley, where the ZACC is based, is located near the center of Séliš (Salish) and Ql̓ispé (upper Kalispel or Pend d’Oreille) homelands. For thousands of years, it has always been, and remains today, a place of the highest importance to them, and to the many other indigenous peoples who traversed and visited the region, including the lower Kalispel, Spokane, Coeur d’Alene, Kootenai, Nez Perce, Blackfeet, and Shoshone.
In Montana, and the United States broadly, there are systems of power that grant privilege and access unequally such that inequity and injustice result, and that must be continuously addressed and changed.
Cultural equity is critical to the long-term viability of the arts.
We must all hold ourselves accountable, because acknowledging and challenging our inequities and working in partnership is how we will make change happen.
Everyone deserves equal access to a full, vibrant creative life, which is essential to a healthy and democratic society.
The arts are a useful tool for challenging inequities and presenting alternatives to unjust practices.
How We're Getting There
To pursue needed systemic change related to equity we strive to:
Build inclusive spaces for art and culture within our programs, gallery shows and work broadly;
Represent the diversity of the community where we live in our staff, board and volunteers, by committing time and resources;
Build cultural consciousness among our board, staff, participants and wider arts community through substantive learning and formal, transparent policies;
Acknowledge and dismantle any inequities within our policies, systems, programs, and services, and report organization progress;and
Hold ourselves accountable to the process of being an inclusive organization.