Gainesville Fine Arts Association
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Statement
At Gainesville Fine Arts Association (GFAA), we foster a diverse, inclusive, and equitable workplace where all stakeholders, members, employees and volunteers, patrons and sponsors, colleagues and friends feel valued and respected; whatever their gender, race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, age, sexual orientation or identity, education or disability.
In allegiance with our Mission, we are committed to a non-discriminatory approach and provide equal opportunity for recognition, participation, employment and advancement in all of our departments, programs, and worksites. We respect and value diverse life experiences and heritages and ensure that all voices are valued and heard.
GFAA aspires to attract a diverse population and believes that doing so is paramount to enhancing the sustainability and growth of the visual arts in and around our communities. We also care that all persons who interact with GFAA will have the same experience of inclusion, comfort, and acceptance.
Today the confluence of tragic events and sentiments surrounding the Black Lives Matter movement and other racial and social justice issues reminds us in stark terms that all of us must do more to ensure that the arts are an accessible enrichment to everyone’s life.
As a crucial first step, which is part of an ongoing, long-term sustained effort, we are piloting ways to remove financial and societal barriers to participation by underserved communities. We are initiating rounds of diversity and financial needs scholarships that provide membership and exhibition opportunities to artists of color.
We also will strive to explore and implement artistic themes that help us understand, inform and educate about the everyday realities of systemic racial injustice and white privilege. We seek to employ the arts as a powerful source of healing in our community.