AVfilm has matured into an integral part of our community infrastructure. We are a conduit for myriad community voices. We built our reputation on creative partnerships, amplifying the work of diverse artists, and providing a range of programs to our community. Because of this philosophy of inclusivity, we believed that everyone had equitable access to AVFilm and the programs we provide. However, we now understand that our approach has been based on economic, educational, and socio-political systems that treat white people as the norm and people of color as “other.” As a result, we unwittingly perpetuated and reinforced racial inequities in our programs, audiences, and leadership. In order to truly become an organization that welcomes everyone and offers equitable access to our films and programs, we must shift to a proactive, equity-centered approach in all aspects of our work.
We should and will do better. In order to do this successfully, diversity, equity, belonging, and access must be core values of our organization.
AVFilm will be an anti-racist organization where we have full participation from and shared power with people of all races, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientations, immigration statuses, and socioeconomic statuses in determining each aspect of our work. We understand that many people hold multiple marginalized identities, and we strive for an intersectional approach in our equity work.
Here are the goals and actions we will take in the short, mid and long term:
AVFilm asks for active collaboration with our community, and our commitment to racial, cultural, ethnic, gender, and disabled equity is no different. We ask you to come with us on this journey and invite you to reach out to us with feedback and ideas, and to hold us accountable to these values. Please e-mail us at info[at]avfilmpresents.org.
We consider this to be a living document; we welcome and encourage feedback.
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