POSITION STATEMENT ON DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION
New Mexico Advisory Council on Arts Education
2020 - 2021
On behalf of the New Mexico Advisory Council on Arts Education, I led a small group of artists and arts educators in a committee to craft a position statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. The writing of this statement began in June 2020 and continued for 18 months. We met regularly during that time, collaboratively producing a lengthy statement that went through several rounds of revisions. The revised statement was passed/adopted unanimously in December 2021.
I chaired the committee to write the statement, scheduled and hosted all the online meetings, and was the primary author, with lots of input and collaboration from other committee members.
I learned so much in this process. I learned how thorny and difficult these conversations can be. I also learned about the generosity and commitment and passion and activism of arts education leaders across the state— it was a reminder of how much work we have to do, and how much we can accomplish when we work together.