Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement
Art Center East (ACE) has offered arts opportunities to community members of all income levels across ten counties in Eastern Oregon since 1977. We value our long tradition of service to the people who live in our rural, underserved, and economically disadvantaged region. We believe that our communities are richer for the multitudes of unique histories, perspectives, relationships, and conversations that deserve to be heard, explored, and represented.
ACE is dedicated to the transformative and regenerative power of the arts and to the belief that creative expression is necessary for a well-lived life. The ACE board of directors and staff continue in their steadfast commitment to making the historic building ACE calls home a space welcoming to all individuals by proceeding with our capital campaign to complete ADA-required renovations.
We are committed to creating a staff, board, and volunteer base reflective of our communities, building and nurturing a diverse pool, and we will seek training that encourages all of us to ask questions, stay informed, and remain humble.
We will continue to use community engagement as a tool to listen, learn, evolve, and build mutually beneficial relationships and programs. While learning about and wrestling with what it means to develop high-quality arts programming that is more diverse, we will update organizational policies and establish DEI practices that allow for greater creative exploration, self-reflection, and equitable access to the joy and power of the arts.