In conjunction with its ongoing DEI work, Americans for the Arts has begun a Strategic Realignment Process to redefine its unique role as a service organization to the arts and culture field and the public good. We intend to move to a future where the mission of Americans for the Arts is central to the advancement of arts and culture, not the organization itself. To be successful, we know this process must be inclusive, transparent, and in consultation with stakeholders, staff, and board, as well as being centered in racial and cultural equity.
Using a process of Appreciative Inquiry, we will create a framework with a newly adopted set of values, vision, mission, and goals. This framework will guide organizational decision-making and new approaches to services, programs, and administration, while enabling greater adaptability to shifting trends, policies, and industry needs. The framework goes hand in hand with the creation of an organizational blueprint that centers diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility across our work—a cultural shift that transforms both internal operations and external programming and services. This blueprint will be key in our work to rebuild trust with our members, staff, board, and stakeholders—work that extends beyond the short-term and continues into our future.
Americans for the Arts is facing a significant inflection point in its 60-year history, one that requires a transformational approach, and we are committed to actionable change for the organization to recognize and adjust to a post-COVID-19 world; to embrace fully and authentically the societal shift on issues of racial and cultural equity; and be responsive to shifts in the ways of creating, consuming, and making a living in the arts and creative sector—all challenges that we know our members, partners, and constituents face profoundly every day.