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Equity Statement

Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA)

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art inspires, educates, and entertains through arts and culture, and is a place that encourages creative ideas, innovative thinking, open dialogue, and meaningful exchange. When all people are included and see themselves reflected in our mission, we can transform our communities, our institutions, and our world into better places for everyone.

Societal inequities have shaped our field in ways that continue to impact it today, as evidenced by the limited engagement and representation of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), Latinx and Hispanic people, and other marginalized groups. The Ringling believes that inclusion, diversity, equity, and access (IDEA) are essential to its mission and vision. In our role as a cultural, educational, and civic leader, we have a moral obligation for our institution to include the diverse perspectives and narratives of people from the local to the global communities.

In looking to the future, we need to acknowledge our past as an institution where BIPOC and Latinx and Hispanic people were historically excluded. To this end, we believe that a focus on race equity is critical and serves as a starting point from which to address other forms of inequity. We understand that IDEA work is difficult, but we commit to keep learning, evolving, and improving on our journey to become an anti-racist institution.

Our Commitments

IDEA is critical to our work, our community, and our shared future. To actively dismantle systems of discrimination and exclusion, The Ringling commits to the following:

1. Remove barriers to full inclusion of historically marginalized groups, with an emphasis on equity for BIPOC and Latinx and Hispanic communities

2. Engage underrepresented artists and organizations through exhibitions, performances, programs, and collaborations that reflect and celebrate the diversity of our local, regional, national, and global communities

3. Improve organizational ability to attract, welcome, and serve a diverse audience and membership

4. Ensure The Ringling’s board, staff, and volunteers reflect our diverse communities

5. Center the voices of people of diverse cultures, backgrounds, abilities, and identities

6. Provide resources, training, tools, and space for learning together

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