Equity Initiatives

PEAL’s Equity Committee emerged in early 2016 from conversations about how to address the lack of racial and ethnic diversity in the arts, particularly among arts and culture organizations in Portland. The goal of the Equity Committee is to provide space and resources to advance the conversation about equity, diversity and inclusion in the arts and take action to create tangible change in our communities. A truly grassroots movement, the committee and its members represent a range of organizations, experiences and disciplines within the broader arts and culture landscape.

The committee’s current and future initiatives include:

  • Bringing people together to share experiences, generate ideas and create concrete strategies to increase racial and ethnic equity in arts and culture
  • Providing resources, including articles, case studies and contacts
  • Generating papers, reports, recommendations or other relevant communications to document data and drive change

In March 2016, the Equity Committee held the first of its series of events, “Why Are the Arts So White? A Think Tank on Racial Equity in the Arts,” which sought to take a local “temperature check” on the topic. The resulting Pulse Report was publicly released, and future events are being planned based on feedback from the Think Tank.


Committee Member Roles

The PEAL Equity Committee is currently comprised of six core members. Committee members identify as “emerging leaders” and are actively invested in issues of equity. Members work together to develop program ideas, create communications, participate in community outreach, execute event production and facilitation and contribute to documentation and reporting. In addition to its core members, the Equity Committee depends on the participation of associate members who might choose to contribute to or engage in specific projects or topics.

Interested in learning more about PEAL’s Equity Committee? Get in touch with us: