Thank you to the community members, volunteers, staff, and Board who recognized the need for transformational change at The Z and pushed us to reflect on our practices, policies, and perception in the community.
In 2018, The Z was welcomed into the Barr-Klarman Massachusetts Arts Initiative (BKMAI) where we began a six-year journey of learning, collaboration, and growth. In 2020, we started our Anti-Racist Task Force to do our part in addressing systemic racism. In 2023, we expanded it to become the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Action (IDEA) Committee to broaden our action and accountability. The IDEA Committee is a collaborative of staff and Board members committed to transforming the feedback we have collected from our community, both internal and external, into recommendations and concrete action steps that the organization, as a whole, can take.
The building’s 100th birthday and renovation/restoration project have compelled us to think critically about the legacy we want to build in our community. It has reminded us that we want to be more than a building. We want to be a place where all facets of our community see themselves reflected and have a sense of agency and belonging, but in order to do so we know we have a lot of work to do.
The following equity goals are based on our Theory of Change plan, our Organizational Equity Self-Assessment, and Wolf Brown's Community Marketing Research Report. Immediately following each goal are the next steps toward reaching that goal, followed by what we’ve done and continue to do to be a performing arts center that our entire community can be proud to call their own. It is a living document, and it will be updated with the future actions we take.
We want to hear from you! Following the seven goals, we’ve included a feedback form where we welcome you to share your thoughts.
Inspirations for the work of the IDEA committee include: