Pacific Northwest Ballet (PNB) recognizes ballet’s historical disparities around opportunities for people of color. PNB has been, and continues to be, committed to shifting the culture of our organization in order to create safe spaces for people of color (POC) in all facets of the work we do and throughout the communities we serve.
PNB will utilize a continuous improvement model in combating structural racism by embracing the following commitments:
- Acknowledging that we live, work, and play on the unceded, traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Duwamish, Suquamish, Snoqualmie, Snohomish, Lummi, Skagit, and Swinomish. This acknowledgement does not take the place of authentic relationships with Indigenous communities, but serves as a first step in honoring the land we are on.
- In alliance with the City of Seattle’s Race and Social Justice Initiative, we are leading with race in order to address the historical and structural oppression faced by people of color in the arts; this model will allow us to develop the tools needed to begin dismantling structural oppression as it is experienced across the matrix of identities* represented in our community.
- Centering underrepresented perspectives across the organization through community collaboration and professional consultation.
- Cultivating authentic relationships and engagement with under-invited communities both throughout the organization, and in our work outside the organization.
- Utilizing the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee to integrate anti-racist work throughout all facets of the organization.
- Reassessing our hiring practices and internal policies using a racial equity lens with the ultimate goal of including more POC across all departments and leadership levels, including the Board of Trustees and Advisory Council.
- Ensuring our artistic output is reflective of our community and our goals surrounding equity, diversity, and inclusion.
- Continuing to invite, acknowledge, and accept stakeholder** feedback regarding our racial equity initiatives.
- Educating ourselves and our community partners about structural racism and inequity via dedicated and accessible trainings, workshops, and programming, as well as empowering our artists, employees, Board of Trustees, and Advisory Council Members to continue their education and engagement outside of the workplace.
- Ensuring collaborators, partners, independent contractors, and financial investment practices align with PNB’s core principles around equity, diversity, and inclusion.
- Holding ourselves, our community partners, and our national peers accountable for this work by establishing and maintaining public transparency, including but not limited to adding racial equity updates to our website and annual report.
*Matrix of identities (including but not limited to): race, national origin, citizenship status, religion, gender, sexual orientation, ability, age, socioeconomic status, etc.
**Stakeholders: PNB employees, dancers, volunteers, board, students and families, audience, and community partners