About ArtWorks
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ArtWorks lifts up justice by embracing equity, diversity, inclusion, and access for others regardless of their skin tone, ethnicity, faith or gender.

ArtWorks march towards equity, diversity, inclusion, and access

America’s historical backdrop of justice often excluded others based on their skin tone, ethnicity, faith or gender.  We stand as an ally with black, indigenousness, people of color, LBGT, immigrants and all people who face racism and discrimination.  We will strive to address our internal biases, behaviors and actions that do not support all with fairness, respect and dignity.  Our march forward requires us to address our past inactions with actions of accountability.

As we move forward our actions won’t stand alone. We will look to our diverse community partners, artists and youth to direct us in art and projects that are representative of their wants. Our employment commitment will continue to improve upon our past efforts of a diverse workforce with living wages. We know there is a justice deficit in our community and we want to actively help eliminate the deficit with our actions and learnings.  True allyship takes consistent lifelong learning and activism.

We will continue to keep the community apprised of our actions, progress and learnings on this page.  Keep your eye on our actions, ask us questions and challenge us.

2021 YTD (As of June 15, 2021)

  • Recognize Juneteenth and Indigenous People as holidays
  • Recognize Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as a day on, staff wide service day
  • Staff coached on individual cultural profiles with individual development plans created supported by accountability buddy groups.
  • Board composition continues to diversify: BIPOC increases by 33% (total representation 22.7%) and female by 25% (total representation of 54.5%)
  • Year-round staff increases from 6% to 20% BIPOC
  • Mental Health First Aid Training provided to staff and teaching artists
  • New recruiting and hiring practices established to expand staff diversity
  • All staff assessed and coached on their individual intercultural development with consultant Priya Dhingra Klocek
  • Board approved ArtWorks first Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Accessibility plan


  • Staff and Board discussion to lay the groundwork for organization wide Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Accessibility plan
  • 100% of staff completed Ground Water Training led by the Racial Equity Institute
  • Assessment of organization-wide intercultural development completed by consultant Priya Dhingra Klocek
  • 50% of youth employed BIPOC, 40% of teaching artists BIPOC and 42% of creative designers BIPOC
  • Board composition shifted with renewed focus on diversity with a 28% increase in female leadership and 50% increase in BIPOC leadership.
  • 38% of public art projects created with and for BIPOC communities
  • Launched Artist Conversation Series, Viva Voce to give voice to BIPOC artists and social justice
  • Launched Jump Start investing in minority and BIPOC artist-led community art projects in their own communities.
  • ArtWorks publishes commitment as an anti-racist organization

Years prior to 2020

  • Non Discrimination policy approved by board
  • Diversity of seasonal staff is embraced with emphases in BIPOC.

Reach Out

For more information or questions, please reach out to our staff or contact us at 513.333.0388 or at info@artworkscincinnati.org.