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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

In 2016 the Cultural Alliance included in our strategic plan a goal to increase diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) within the Alliance and the broader cultural community. Our first step was to conduct an extensive scan of our current practices and perceptions, which included input from a wide range of stakeholders. From there, we developed a statement and action plan, which is guiding our DEI work moving forward. We also created an affinity group of Alliance board members, arts administrators, artists, funders and others to inform and guide our efforts.

We are committed to full transparency in this work and are using this section of our website to keep our members and others informed. If you have questions or would like to get involved, contact us at

The files below document the Cultural Alliance’s DEI-related work:

DEI Affinity Group Kick-Off Meeting
Bias Scan Presentation
Bias Scan Executive Summary
Bias Scan Full Report
DEI Statement & Action Plan Summary
DEI Action Plan Tracking Report (updated as of 1/11/18)

The links below connect you to other DEI efforts or relevant data:

National Efforts

Grantmakers in the Arts

Americans for the Arts

Other Local/Regional Efforts

New York City


Los Angeles



Cultural Funding

D5 Coalition

Helicon Collaborative


Multicultural Arts Leadership Initiative

Urban Fellowship Program

Intercultural Leadership Institute

Nonprofit HR

The Cultural Alliance’s DEI planning work has been generously supported by the Samuel S. Fels Fund.