Americans for the Arts is committed to fostering, cultivating and preserving a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion. Our human capital is the most valuable asset we have. A diverse workplace strengthens the work of all Americans for the Arts employees, ensures that the organization has the strongest staff possible, and enables all employees to collectively and more completely pursue the fulfillment of our goal of “all the arts for all the people.”  The sum of the individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, inventiveness, innovation, self-expression, unique capabilities and talent that our employees invest in their work represents a significant part of our culture, our reputation and our united achievements.

We embrace and encourage our employees’ differences in ability, age, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, national origin, political affiliation, color, race, religion, sexual orientation and socio-economic status.

Americans for the Arts works to ensure that a broadly diverse pool of top-tier applicants is achieved for all recruiting, selection and hiring efforts, and that our non-employee committees, councils, and advisory groups, whenever possible, represent the full breadth of diversity that exists in the American arts field.  In addition, Americans for the Arts does not discriminate based on demographic differences, and does not tolerate discriminatory practices based on demographic differences, in regards to—but not limited to—recruitment and selection; compensation and benefits; professional development and training; promotions; transfers; social and recreational programs; layoffs; or terminations. Americans for the Arts considers it an ongoing priority to develop a work environment built on the premises of equity, diversity, and inclusion that encourages and enforces:

  • Respectful communication and cooperation between all employees.
  • Teamwork, collaboration, participation, and the representation of multiple perspectives.
  • Work/life balance through flexible work schedules to accommodate employees’ varying needs.
  • Openness to difference, and to honest attempts to better understand alternative points of view.

All employees of Americans for the Arts have a responsibility to treat others with mutual respect and dignity at all times, including during work, at work functions on or off the work site, and at all other company-sponsored events.

Any employee who exhibits conduct towards another that violates the organization’s policies will be subject to disciplinary action.

Employees who believe they have been subjected to any kind of discrimination, harassment, or conduct that conflict with the company’s diversity policy, should seek assistance from the vice president of operations and/or the chief operating officer.