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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Statement on Cultural Equity

To support a full creative life for all, ZiRu Dance commits to practices of cultural equity that empower a just, inclusive, equitable nation. 


ZiRu Dance embodies the values, policies, and practices that ensure that all people—including but not limited to those who have been historically underrepresented based on race/ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, socioeconomic status, geography, citizenship status, or religion—are represented in the development of the work we create; are included amongst the performers and choreographers we work with; are supported and nurtured as artists; and have access to arts programming, financial, and educational resources.


Acknowledgment and Affirmations

  • In the United States, there are systems of power that grant privilege and access unequally such that inequity and injustice result, and that must be continuously addressed and changed. 

  • Cultural equity is critical to the long-term viability of the arts sector.  

  • We must all hold ourselves accountable, because acknowledging and challenging our inequities and working in partnership is how we will make change happen. 

  • Everyone deserves equal access to a full, vibrant creative life, which is essential to a healthy and democratic society.  

  • The prominent presence of artists challenges inequities and encourages alternatives.

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Modeling Through Action

  • Pursue cultural consciousness throughout our organization through substantive learning and formal, transparent policies.

  • Acknowledge and dismantle any inequities within our policies, systems, programs, and services, and report organization progress.

  • Commit time and resources to expand more diverse leadership within our board, staff, advisory bodies, and company members.

  • Support BIPOC choreographers and performers by providing funding to create new work(s) or re-stage old work(s) and presenting them with a platform to showcase their work.

  • Provide underserved populations with access to the performing arts through dance workshops, company mentorships, and free to low cost opportunities to view professional dance programming.

  • Improve cultural awareness of performing arts audiences by including and showcasing works by choreographers from all walks of life and ensuring that a wide range of performers are represented onstage.

  • Create art and curate live performance events that speak to the current cultural climate and address the inequality and injustice by which we are personally affected or bare witness to.

  • Establish cultural exchanges for both international and American artists and companies to set and/or tour their work(s), teach, and learn from artists abroad.

To provide informed, authentic leadership for cultural equity, we strive to…
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