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The Infinity Tunnel. Photo Credit: Cory Bluhm

IMAGINING EQUITABLE FUTURES

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What would it look like if the Region of Waterloo Arts Fund (RWAF) were equitable and accessible to all residents?

This is the driving question behind work RWAF began in 2021, trying to understand what changes we could make to ensure that the organization serves the needs of all local artists.

 

On April 12th, 2022, we received the Centering Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: Needs Assessment and Recommendations Report, authored by Jenn Chan:

 

“This report is written as a digestion of the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Consultant’s perspectives and recommendations based on a series of interviews and equity, diversity and inclusion sessions, one internally with the RWAF Board and two with Artists within the Region of Waterloo who identify as Indigenous, Black and People- of-Colour.” – Centering Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: Needs Assessment and Recommendations Report, authored by Jenn Chan.

 

Since September 2022 Jenn Chan has been working with a group of local Advisors. Their work and recommendations are captured in the second report Moving Recommendations Forward. On January 19th the Board of Directors reviewed and accepted the follow up report and several of the recommendations found in this report will be applied to the Spring 2023 round of funding.

 

RWAF’s Board of Directors is committed to transparency about this entire process, its findings, challenges, and results. We have created a visual timeline, so you can see how we have been moving through this work. For a pdf version of this timeline, please click here.

 

We welcome your questions and inquiries. Please reach out to us at [email protected]