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A Letter about Artist Trust’s Equity Plan

Shannon Halberstadt

Executive Director

Dear Friends,

Artist Trust has been actively working to further racial equity in both funding and support for individual artists for many years. Since early 2015, an Artist Trust taskforce of Board, staff, and community members have been exploring how we can take action to prioritize diversity and effect inclusion organization-wide. After much dialogue, research, learning, and training, we are pleased to share that Artist Trust officially adopted this racial equity framework at the June 25, 2016 meeting of the Board of Directors, making public our commitment to racial equity as an organizational priority.

Individual artists powerfully reflect, challenge, and shape our society and culture. Artist Trust supports individual artists working in diverse disciplines across Washington State, and actively seeks to be equitable, accessible, and inclusive of all backgrounds.  As a funder and provider of support for individual artists, Artist Trust recognizes that we are a gatekeeper for access to resources that help artists succeed.  Artist Trust acknowledges historic inequity in funding and support for artists of color, and seeks equity. It is imperative for Artist Trust to remove barriers, and to be open, transparent, responsive, and active in ensuring that people of all races and ethnicities are welcome and present in all aspects of our organization.

It is important to note that this framework is a living document, intended to change as Artist Trust grows and learns about racial equity and the success of its efforts. We owe a great debt of gratitude to the organizations and individuals who inspire and inform us in this journey. Artist Trust is committed to equity in action, and we welcome continued dialogue.


Shannon Roach Halberstadt
Executive Director

Allison Eltrich    
Artist Trust Board Member
Chair, Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity Taskforce