To wit, Create Charlottesville lists “diversity and inclusion” as goal number one, and the plan contains more than 100 references to these terms, including:
- Achieve diversity and inclusiveness in arts and culture as core values and strengths in programming, artists, audiences, staff, and boards. [emphasis added]
- …residents were directly engaged in a broadly inclusive, nine-month cultural planning process…
- Traditional audiences can be challenged to move beyond their comfort zones to access new types of art and appreciate more diverse artists.
- Opportunity for greater inclusion Yes, there are great opportunities. But, not all benefit. Arts programs could better engage with diverse audiences of all ages.
- …engaging an increasingly diverse population in arts and culture activities, and providing opportunities for creative and cultural expression to support racial reconciliation
- Audience aging and diversity are concerns.
- …the plan intends to be broadly inclusive of all groups, considering diversity across many factors (racial, ethnic, cultural, age, socioeconomic, geographic, sexual orientation, disability, etc.).
- Implementation of the cultural plan’s diversity and inclusion strategies makes more people feel welcome, comfortable, and included at cultural programs.
- PCA incorporates a focus on diversity and inclusion strategies into existing professional development and networking programs.
- Full diversity and inclusiveness in the arts requires diversified and engaged participation…
- A significantly diverse population provides arts and cultural organizations the opportunity to develop vibrant and varied experiences…
- With significantly increasing diversity, Charlottesville has a renewed opportunity to seek engagement with those who may not yet actively participate in cultural activities.
Yet a visual examination of PCA’s leadership team and board of directors paints a radically different picture—predominantly in hues of white. Out of 21 positions listed, only two appear to fit PCA’s stated racial diversity/inclusivity standards.
This leads to a number of questions for PCA and their statist planning-cronies. Regarding the Create Charlottesville report:
- Where are Latinos (noted 13 times in the plan) on the PCA executive team?
- In a city with 19% black population, does an Arts organization with less than 10% black board representation truly mirror the community?
- Where are the Asians on PCA’s board? And with a population 140% that of Latinos in Charlottesville, why were Asians not directly referenced in the report, instead relegated to the category of “other racial/ethnic groups”?
- Does PCA see Charlottesville’s Asian community as less politically powerful or important than it does Charlottesville’s Latino community?
- Are PCA’s “underserved” human sub-divisions truly being welcomed as leaders by PCA elitists, or are they simply relegated to art “consumer” and “audience” status?
A picture is worth a thousand words, and on face value, Piedmont Council for the Arts fails its own racial entrance exam. While race-based pandering is a dangerous game, an organization that overtly preaches racial diversity and inclusivity to the community certainly should overtly practice it internally.
[Schilling Show investigator, Keith Nicoletti, contributed to this report.]