The cedars union's ART AND EQUITY POLICY

At The Cedars Union, we believe artists thrive in strong, diverse, and inclusive communities and the current greater arts ecosystem is in need of real change to break down barriers that have created elitist environments. We are committed to creating a fair, equitable, and just community of artists that holistically influences artists, other arts organizations, and the greater community.

As our values state, The Cedars Union exists to: be inclusive and diverse; uphold the highest standards; respect artists’ creative expression; protect artist’s rights; and inspire collaboration within the community and the arts. Within these values lives a spirit to expand who feels compelled to call themselves an artist and sustainably pursue that path. We work to create inclusive spaces regardless of age, ethnicity, ancestry, gender, national origin, disability, race, size, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, or any other status. When there is collaboration and community, art has the power to unite and uplift us.


The Cedars Union promises to incorporate these values into the daily work that we do. To hold ourselves accountable, the following policies & commitments have been created

1. Anti-racist, anti-harrassment, and anti-discrimination policy

The organization hired an expert EDI facilitator for Cultural Competency training with all board members and staff. The organization will provide ongoing professional development opportunities and resources in the areas of equity, inclusivity, diversity, and accessibility for staff, board members, and artists.

    2. Board & Staff Training

    We commit to anti-racism, anti-sexual harassment, and anti-discrimination in our organization and with all of our partners. We commit to creating a safe, welcoming environment for our members, friends, patrons, staff, and board of directors. We prohibit discrimination, disrespect, and harrassment in our facilities and in all work that we do. We advocate as an organization for the art community and beyond to denounce racism, hate, injustice, and prejudice against any individuals and communities. The Cedars Union is an equal opportunity organization and will not allow any type of discrimination against individuals or communities.

    3. Board Diversity & DEAI Committee

    We commit to building a diverse nonprofit board that includes people of all genders, races, ages, sexual orientations, cultural backgrounds and levels of ability. A diverse board that reflects the individuals we support leads to a variety of perspectives and gives the board the ability to make more informed decisions to better serve the community. Since 2019, The Cedars Union board has doubled in size as we continue to grow the diversity of our leaders. In September 2020, the Board created a Diversity, Equity, Access, and Inclusion Committee to oversee and direct further DEAI initiatives and plans.

    4. Equitable Hiring Practices

    We commit to increasing diversity across all CU artist members and teaching artists by updating artist applications to include questions about race, ethnicity, gender and accessibility with inclusive and welcoming language, expanding outreach of new memberships to new audiences, and continuing to ensure membership pricing is affordable for all artists. Lastly we value everyone's worth as artists, not just the race, ethnicity, or gender they identify with.

    5. Artist Diversity

    We commit to ensuring our hiring practices are free from biases. All future candidate pools will have both inherent and acquired diversity. The organization will rethink the factors screened for, ensure fair and equitable wages, and advertise jobs through diverse channels, prioritizing the recruitment and hiring of qualified staff to fill existing gaps in our ability to adequately serve our diverse groups of artists.

    6. Artist Scholarships

    In 2020, The CU created a scholarship program called the Art & Equity Scholarship. The scholarship funds 3 artists of color both Studio and Community memberships for 18 months. We commit to continuing this scholarship and looking for long term funding.

    7. Partner Programming

    We commit to working towards partnerships and collaborations with more organizations who focus on supporting BIPOC, LGBTQ, disabled, and underprivileged audiences.

    8. Fair Wages for Artists

    In April 2021, The Cedars Union became a W.A.G.E. certified organization. W.A.G.E., Working Artist and the Greater Economy, creates minimum wage standards for creative work with a mission to establish sustainable economic relationships between artists and the institutions that contract our labor, and to introduce mechanisms for self-regulation into the art field that collectively bring about a more equitable distribution of its economy. Being certified by W.A.G.E. is a promise from The Cedars Union to abide by their payment standards for artists we hire.

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