Cultural Equity at GrubStreet

"Cultural equity embodies the values, policies, and practices that ensure that all people — including but not limited to those who have been historically underrepresented based on race/ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, socioeconomic status, geography, citizenship status, or religion — are represented in the development of arts policy; the support of artists; the nurturing of accessible, thriving venues for expression; and the fair distribution of programmatic, financial, and informational resources."Americans for the Arts

Last Updated: June 2021

GrubStreet is a creative writing center defined and shaped by the people who come to write, explore books, share work, and engage with other writers and readers. In line with our mission, we actively pursue diversity, equity, inclusivity, and belonging (DEIB) because we believe in the dignity of every human being and the inherent value of our stories. We commit to recognizing and addressing racism and other oppressive systems on interpersonal, organizational, and systemic levels to make GrubStreet an inclusive and equitable home for everyone. We commit to working toward and advocating for systemic change in the sectors in which we operate: writing communities, the publishing industry, and the arts sector in Boston and beyond. 


With this report, we aim to acknowledge our historic complicity in perpetuating exclusionary systems in arts and publishing, give a brief history of our cultural equity work, and honestly articulate where we are on our journey. Our thinking about DEIB at GrubStreet is constantly evolving in both the language we use to talk about it as well as the initiatives we’re working on toward achieving our goals. We will aim to update this report twice a year to reflect these updates and the latest data we have available for measurements.

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