Togetherness cultivates deeper collaboration. Establishing trust and mutual respect ensures everyone feels a sense of belonging. Diversity, inclusion, accessibility, and equity are essential values for fostering a collective mindfulness that celebrates everyone.
Learning to value our similarities and differences is key to adapting in an ever-changing world. The South Arts region is home to many unique cultures each deserving appreciation distinctly and as part of the South’s interwoven cultural tapestry. Engaging a spectrum of perspectives makes for more creative and thoughtful problem solving.
Everyone belongs and has something essential to contribute at every level of decision making. Involving the voices of those systematically kept out of the conversation is critical to replacing systems of exclusion with meaningful collaboration.
Everyone has a right to participate in the arts regardless of physical, emotional, or cognitive ability. Sufficient accommodations ensure no one has a diminished experience because of a disability.
Everyone deserves fairness, respect and access. Because of differing socio-cultural perspectives and unequal access to resources, deploying a one-size-fits-all approach for engagement is not sufficient. Tailored strategies for purposeful engagement must center individuals and communities as experts in their own needs, experiences, and desires. Equity requires acknowledging power disparities and working to dismantle them.
Embodying these values requires deliberate leadership, continuous education, and a persistent willingness to be teachable. Transparency and accountability to ourselves, our partners, and our constituents are vital to ensuring South Arts’ mission includes everyone.