Consultation on cultural equity



Consultation for a Concerted Action Plan for Cultural Equity

In November 2018, we presented our report entitled “Towards a cultural equity process: a consultation report on systemic racism in the arts, culture, and media sectors in Montreal”. This report also outlined 31 recommendations split into six areas where arts and culture organizations can take immediate action. These six areas are: awareness, representation, recruitment, funding, mediation and integration mechanisms in the arts, and references and redress mechanisms.

In efforts to continue the fight against systemic racism in the arts, this pilot project aims to test the implementation of these recommendations with partner organizations and turn them into concrete actions.

More specifically, the objectives of this project are to:

  • Accumulate existing resources worldwide linked to best practices in Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity.
  • Test the implementation of DAM’s recommendations and create a concerted action plan that can be applied to the entirety of the arts and culture sector.
  • Develop practical tools for equipping and educating artistic and cultural organizations on how to transform, by deconstructing/reconstructing, their practices.

Who is involved?

Five types of artistic/cultural organizations are involved in this project: Professional Associations, Presenters, Institutions, Production Companies, and Education Institutions. A group of racialized artists will join the co-constructed consultation process with up to 15 selected organizations.

Artists will be paired with one or more organization based on their experience.


Graphic display of the discussions that emerged during the launch of the concertation process

Design and facilitation by Ezra Bridgman and Anne-Laure Mathieu


On November 27, 2018, the participants in our cultural equity report unveiling event were invited to make a commitment or share a thought at the end of the day.

Of the forty engagement cards collected, we surveyed those who had identified themselves to follow up on the progress of their commitment. The feedback, even if it is not quantitatively significant (11 responses), is very encouraging!

45% of respondents say they have fulfilled their commitment when another 45% say they are in the process of implementing it. The last 10% indicates that they still intend to do so.

Among the actions carried out, whether by individuals or organizations, we note: the adoption of an equity and inclusion policy, the participation in the editorial committee of a magazine, the hiring of a “culturally diverse” staff, sharing of resources about equity and support, or opened discussions on the necessary diversification of the board of directors.

To be continued in 2020 with the start of the consultation project!

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