A flourishing and sustainable arts environment that is open, inclusive and equitable.
To collaboratively develop a replicable and sustainable plan that creates new pathways for ALAANA people to arts organizations at all levels.
Enrich Chicago History & Background
In 2014, a collective of directors of prominent local cultural institutions began a collaborative process to address racial equity in arts leadership. With initial support from the Joyce Foundation, "Enrichers," as we would soon call ourselves, worked with human behavior designers from Spark Design Strategies to examine the policies and systems within each arts organization.
At the end of the process with the human behavior designers, Enrichers decided the concepts were shiny and new but not rooted in racial equity. To get to the heart of the issue and focus our work, Enrich Chicago partnered with organizers from the People’s Institute for Survival & Beyond (PISAB) to offer the Undoing Racism® Community Organizing Workshop. This workshop effectively grounded our work in a context that is historically-grounded and systemic and has had a lasting impact on our organization.
Today, Enrich Chicago is a collaborative of 30 Chicagoland arts and philanthropic organizations (“the cohort”) committed to ending racism and systemic oppression in the arts sector. Our efforts form a critical lever to ensuring equity of access and prosperity for ALAANA (African, Latino, Asian, Arab, Native American) artists and organizations. Through three programmatic initiatives, Enrich aims to advance our collective vision of a flourishing, sustainable, and equitable arts sector and drive systems-level change. The work of the cohort focuses on three areas:
1) Providing anti-racism learning and capacity-building to advance institutional change and significantly improve racial equity in Chicago’s arts sector
2) Increasing leadership opportunities for ALAANA arts administrators
3) Increasing equitable access to resources and funding opportunities and for ALAANA arts organizations