In keeping with ongoing work around cultural equity, Americans for the Arts prepared the following statement concerning misconduct and harassment:
Americans for the Arts in all matters related to employees, board members, committee and task force members or volunteers is guided by a set of principles outlined in our Board of Directors manual, Employee Handbook, Values Statement, and our Statement on Cultural Equity, which was unanimously adopted by the Americans for the Arts Board of Directors in 2016. In these statements Americans for the Arts embraces values, policies and practices that ensure that all people are represented and treated fairly in the work of our mission, places of work, and delivery of service, without regard to race/ethnicity, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, socioeconomic status, geography, citizen status, genetic predisposition, marital status or religion. When accusations of inequity arise, including harassment on the basis of any of these characteristics, whether verbal, physical, or any other, Americans for the Arts is committed to taking corrective action against such inequities within our policies, systems, programs, affiliations, and services. Such corrective action may include discontinuing relations with or to taking disciplinary action against anyone found to have violated this policy, whether employee, contractor, board member, volunteer, customer, member, vendor or other. Americans for the Arts will deliberately and swiftly investigate every accusation.