Mission and DEI Statement
Mission of the Grand Center for Arts and Culture
Our Mission: to enrich community life through arts and cultural education and experience; to support local artists by offering opportunities to develop and demonstrate their artistry.
The Grand Center for Arts & Culture is a community hub for arts and cultural experiences housed in the former Grand Hotel building. We provide the community with an art gallery, space for music practice, private artist studio spaces, an arts education area, and live performance space.
The live entertainment and performing arts program, hosted on the first level at The Grand Kabaret offers high-quality, original music, and dramatic arts experiences to the community on Friday and Saturday evenings. The program offers new artists a chance to hone their craft in front of a captive audience, as well as offering seasoned performances to the community at large.
Statement on Cultural Equity
Access, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
To support arts and culture for all at The Grand and in New Ulm, we believe that fulfilling our mission includes ensuring all artists and community members are made welcome and provided opportunities in our spaces. As such, The Grand commits to championing internal policies and practices of cultural equity that empower a just, inclusive, equitable organization and community.
DEFINITION OF CULTURAL EQUITY
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.
WE ACKNOWLEDGE THAT
There exist systems of power that grant privilege and access unequally. The resulting inequity and injustice must be continuously addressed and changed.
Cultural equity is critical to the long-term viability of the arts sector.
Everyone deserves equal access to a full, vibrant creative life, which is essential to a healthy society.
The presence and championing of diverse artists and community members challenges inequities and encourages alternatives.
WE STRIVE TO
Pursue cultural consciousness throughout our organization through substantive learning and formal, transparent policies.
Promote pro-equity to our artists and audiences.
Acknowledge and dismantle any inequities within our policies, systems, programs, and services, and report organization progress.
Commit time and resources to expand our representation and access to our programs.