SFAC Becomes First City Department with Explicit Racial Equity Policy

This week, The San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC) became the first department within San Francisco city government to adopt a formal racial equity policy. According to KQED, "the statement and plan set guidelines for preventing workplace discrimination and inequity, such as earmarking resources for racial equity and collecting and analyzing demographic data to improve the racial equity impact of SFAC programs."

The statement opens with an argument for why focusing on racial equity is crucial for SFAC: "The San Francisco Arts Commission is committed to creating a city where all artists and cultural workers have the freedom, resources and platform to share their stories, art and culture and where race does not predetermine one’s success in life. We also acknowledge that we occupy traditional and unceded Ohlone land. Fueled by these beliefs, we commit to addressing the systemic inequities within our agency, the City and County of San Francisco and the broader arts and culture sector. This work requires that we focus on race as we confront inequities of the past, reveal inequities of the present and develop effective strategies to move all of us towards an equitable future."

Read the full article here.

Published: January 07, 2019