Artist Trust Seeks Racial Equity Consultant

Published: November 18, 2020

Categories: Featured

Artist Trust is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to support and encourage artists working in all disciplines in order to enrich community life throughout Washington State. Through grants and professional development opportunities, Artist Trust has invested over $10 million in individual artists throughout the state since its inception in 1986. As a fundraising organization, Artist Trust relies on our donors and community partners to make our support for Washington State artists possible.

Artist Trust is committed to becoming an anti-racist organization, and to work against the systems of racism we have inherited, upheld, and perpetuated. We know we are not there yet. Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) have been systemically oppressed, and we are committed to partnering with them to eradicate white supremacy throughout our organization and to support historically marginalized artists across Washington State.

In July 2020, Artist Trust was called into question by our community for upholding white supremacy and institutional racism; we were challenged to address and reimagine our current policies and procedures. Our staff and board are committed to dismantling these systems and desire to rebuild the organization with accountability to artists, donors, partner organizations, the community at large, and ourselves.

Artist Trust is seeking a racial equity audit to be conducted over 3 to 4 months beginning in March 2021 with the option to extend.

The racial equity audit would include but is not limited to an evaluation of our programs (professional development programs, resources, and grantmaking policies, procedures, and delivery), development (fundraising practices and stewardship), communications (Artist Trust’s website and overall brand and tone), and operations (financial policies, human resource policies and procedures, and board bylaws and recruitment).

Once the assessment is completed, the consultant(s) will create a detailed summary report outlining how to re-envision Artist Trust through a lens of anti-racism and social justice. The report should include but is not limited to recommended ways to implement results, accountability actions to measure the success of policy and procedure changes, and a plan that will help us develop a sustainable way to move forward.

An audit of programs, policies, structures, practices, and culture resulting in qualitative and quantitative data regarding the current work and workplace of Artist Trust as well as donors, artists, volunteers, and partner organizations. Perspectives and expectations for the future organizational culture change in relation to racial equity programming, practice, and strategic direction.

A comprehensive written report and presentation of the audit detailing the outcomes and suggestions for current and desired state of the organization, and opportunities to build upon. We are interested in talking with the desired consultant(s) about different ways the report can be given.

Though the priority application deadline has passed, we are reviewing applications until the position is filled. Please submit a letter of inquiry, along with prior reports or documentation if applicable to Applicants do not need to be located in Washington State to apply. If you have questions or concerns, please email us at