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READI

Overview

Equity, inclusion and access involving all populations are critical to the vitality of our neighborhoods, towns and cities. The Connecticut Office of the Arts is committed to supporting and fully engaging diverse members of our communities in arts policy, practice and decision making.   


READI

The Connecticut Office of the Arts uses the lenses of Relevance, Equity, Access, Diversity and Inclusion to guide programmatic and investment decisions within the framework of artistic excellence. Learn more about the principles and mission of READI here.

Relevance — meaningful or purposeful connection to one’s aspirations, interests or experiences in relation to current society or culture  

We commit to a culture that supports curiosity, action and awareness in, about and through the arts.

Equity policy and practice that is fair and just; processes and systems designed to ensure that we distribute resources without bias    

We commit to a level playing field for constituents to access the resources in our control and the systems we can influence.  

Access  pathways that invite participation and communication and that provide opportunities for constituents from all populations   

We commit to cultivating channels for engagement on all levels for all people.  

Diversity a mosaic of individuals offering unique perspectives and experiences influenced by their ethnic, cultural, social, economic and ability backgrounds

We commit to enhancing creativity through diversity.  

Inclusion — active participation by constituents who represent and reflect communities we are all a part of    

We commit to building a community that is respectful and responsive to the diverse talents, skills and abilities of all people.