Seattle Moisture Festival Anti Racism and Anti Sexist Statement
Seattle Moisture Festival believes in the importance of being an anti-racist and anti-sexist organization. To fully represent the variety arts, we want people of all races, cultures, genders and sexual identities to feel safe and welcome at the Seattle Moisture Festival, whether as a staff member, a volunteer, a technician, a musician, a performer or an audience member.
Our Commitment to Improve and Grow
We are mapping out a step-by-step set of actions to identify our past shortcomings and to emphasize how positive change will provide a multitude of benefits to the variety arts community and to our organization’s dedication to that community.
Though our commitment to positive change through anti-racism/anti-sexism work has not always been adequately prioritized, it is abundantly clear that constant vigilance and dedicated work in this area is essential if we are to manifest the necessary changes from the bottom to the top. We acknowledge that The Moisture Festival’s past actions and practices may have benefited some communities while limiting opportunities for others, especially communities of color. True diversity must include people of all races and cultures. We want to listen, learn and highlight common shared values and appreciate different artistic approaches to the variety arts. Authentic diversity makes for a more inspiring and enriching experience for all.
This work will be ongoing in our organization and to that end we are budgeting for professional training in Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. In addition, the Board of Directors has created an Equity Committee whose directive is to create opportunities for our organization to make substantial improvements.
The Equity Committee is tasked with examining the organizations practices and proposing concrete actions and recommendations that may include, but are not limited to:
* How artists are recruited
- * The criteria for selecting artists for the festival and for each show
- * Setting targets for artist diversity
- * Review artist payment/share structure and travel expense policies
- * Review where and how we advertise
- * Review what imagery is used in advertising
- * Examine offering free or discounted tickets to selected organizations
- * Create partnerships with diverse community organizations
- * Create special events targeted at building awareness in under represented communities
* Build diversity into the Board of Directors, the Advisory Board and staff
* Grow diversity among artists, tech crew and audiences
Resolution on Diversity, 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..