Here at Crave, we value diverse stories, voices, and opinions, and our hearts break for the continued discrimination demonstrated against people of color, including the murder of innocent Black citizens. To support a full creative space for all, Crave Theatre commits to championing policies and practices of cultural equity that empower a just, inclusive, equitable theatre experience.
As we work to improve diversity and inclusion in our company, we encourage you to reach out to us directly with concerns and to reach out to “Report Racism in Portland Theatre.“
Cultural equity embodies the values, policies, and practices that ensure that all people—including but not limited to those who have been historically underrepresented based on race/ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, socioeconomic status, geography, citizenship status, or religion—are represented in the development of theatre practices and experiences, including providing support to diverse artists and theatre works; providing nurturing, safe spaces that are accessible and encourage expression; and the fair distribution of available opportunities at Crave Theatre.
•In the United States, there are systems of power that grant privilege and access unequally such that inequity and injustice result, and that must be continuously addressed and changed.
•Cultural equity is critical to the long-term viability of the arts sector.
•We must all hold ourselves accountable, because acknowledging and challenging our inequities and working in partnership is how we will make change happen.
•Everyone deserves equal access to a full, vibrant creative life, which is essential to a healthy and democratic society.
•The prominent presence of artists challenges inequities and encourages alternatives.
•Crave Theatre Company gratefully acknowledges that we create theatre on the traditional lands of the Multnomah, Wasco, Cowlitz, Kathlamet, Clackamas, Bands of Chinook, Tualatin Kalapuya, Molalla and many other tribes who made their homes along the Columbia River.
To provide informed, authentic leadership for cultural equity, we strive to…
•Pursue cultural consciousness throughout our organization through substantive learning and formal, transparent policies.
•Acknowledge and dismantle any inequities within our policies, systems, programs, and services, and report organization progress.
•Commit time and resources to expand more diverse leadership within our board, staff, and advisory bodies.
To pursue needed systemic change related to equity, we strive to…
•Encourage substantive learning to build cultural consciousness and to proliferate pro-equity policies and practices by all of our constituencies and audiences.
•Improve the cultural leadership pipeline by creating and supporting programs and policies that foster leadership that reflects the full breadth of American society.
•Generate and aggregate quantitative and qualitative research related to equity to make incremental, measurable progress toward cultural equity more visible.
•Advocate for public and private-sector policy that promotes cultural equity.
This is a living, breathing document, and is subject to change and improve as we learn and grow.
For our part, we are currently educating ourselves so that we can be better allies and take intentional steps to be more inclusive.