2022 Moisture Festival: Opening March 17
As a community-based organization, the Seattle Moisture Festival wishes to express grief and sympathy to the families of the victims of racism. We stand in solidarity with those calling for an end to the systematic oppression of Black, Indigenous, and all People of Color.
Our organization is committed to increasing our efforts to promote inclusiveness, understanding, and respect to ensure that everyone feels they belong at the festival. We acknowledge that we have work to do to improve racial equity and representation. WE plan to include more frequent updates on these efforts in our communications and we welcome community suggestions, input, and involvement as we continue on that journey. We want “liberty and justice for all” to be more that a slogan, so that we can all live, create, and perform together with love and harmony.
Resolution on diveristy, equity, and inclusion
The Moisture Festival’s mission is to enrich the community by presenting an affordable annual festival showcasing the art of live comedy/variete performance.
Consistent with that mission, the Board recognizes the following:
- The Moisture Festival should reflect diversity among its artists and audiences. We firmly believe that authentic diversity makes for a more enjoyable, accessible, inclusive, and enriching experience for all.
- A critical, and most critically lacking, element of diversity is racial diversity, in particular the inclusion of members of black, Latino/a, and indigenous communities.
- The Moisture Festival’s past actions and practices may have benefited some communities while limiting opportunities for others, especially communities of color. We desire to improve our practices to promote racial equity.
To further its mission, the Board has created an Equity Committee committed to creating opportunities to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion, and tasked with examining Moisture Festival’s practices and proposing action items to the Board.
Recommendations may include, but are not limited to, action items relating to:
- How artists are recruited
- Criteria for selecting artists for the festival and for each show
- Targets for artist diversity
- Artist payment/share structure and travel expense policies
- Where and how we advertise
- What imagery is used in advertising
- Offering free or discounted tickets to selected organizations
- Partnerships with community organizations
- Special events targeted at building awareness in underrepresented communities
Additions to the Board, Advisory Board, and core staff..