At Arts Consulting Group, we believe that Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Success (I.D.E.A.S.) are the fundamental pillars that shape a resilient, robust, and socially accountable arts and culture sector. Drawing from years of experience and a profound understanding of transformative equity practices, we are committed to elevating I.D.E.A.S. principles to the forefront of your organization’s operations and values.
We recognize that every organization is at a different place in their pursuit of fostering an equitable, diverse, and inclusive environment. We meet you where you currently stand, assist you in defining where you aspire to be, and work collaboratively to construct a clear and actionable path to achieve your goals.
Our I.D.E.A.S. team members specialize in working partnership with organizational leaders to develop strategies that transcend theory, translating into practical applications for implementing and prioritizing DEI initiatives. Our ultimate objective is to equip you with the tools necessary to cultivate an actively equitable, people-centric institutional culture within your organization and catalyze a lasting, positive transformation within the broader community.
As a bi-national firm with a presence in both the United States and Canada, we are attuned to the unique challenges and strategies pertinent to these geographical locations. We acknowledge regional nuances, actively listen, and assess your organization and its communities to gain a comprehensive understanding of the work that lies ahead. This approach ensures that our recommendations are relevant, sustainable, and effective.
Our methodology is rooted in the understanding that authentic change necessitates addressing both structural and cognitive factors at the core of systemic inequities and disparities. We center our work on applying an equity lens to both internal and external operations and relationships, facilitating shared learning and framing that can transform organizational decision-making. We understand that DEI work demands meticulous intra-institutional dialogue, trust-building, time, and care. ACG works collaboratively with your team and community to identify areas of challenge as well as opportunities for growth and development.
ACG’s unwavering dedication to I.D.E.A.S. has been instrumental in guiding organizations towards structural changes integral for their long-term vitality. Whether it involves amplifying community impact or enhancing the expression of I.D.E.A.S. principles in programming, artistic work, audience engagement, membership outreach, communications, and beyond, we remain dedicated to helping organizations integrate equitable policies and practices and effect meaningful reformation.
I.D.E.A.S. Consulting Services
What to Expect from ACG
- Experience and Professional Training
We deeply value the significance of both lived experiences and rigorous professional training. Our team of consultants, stemming from diverse interdisciplinary fields and backgrounds, each possesses a distinctive wealth of knowledge, honed over years of leadership in the arts. Furthermore, our team members hold certifications in a broad spectrum of diversity, equity, and inclusion tools and facilitation methods. This extensive expertise positions us to offer invaluable support to individuals and organizations, ensuring qualified insights in pursuit of meaningful change.
- Tailored Recommendations
ACG understands that every organization is unique. Our recommendations are meticulously customized to effectively redress inequities within the context of your specific organization. Our service portfolio is designed to support an extensive array of organizational needs, spanning from team building to community outreach to board and staff assessment and training.
- Equity Lens Development
Our trusted team works closely with your organization to cultivate an equity lens that permeates every facet of your operations, policies, and practices.
- Collaborative Approach
ACG always keeps lines of communication open between team members, client organizations, and the community. We work by your side, empowering your organization to focus on the essential daily activities to ensure continued success and sustainability.
- Insightful Analysis
ACG leverages a wide range of quantitative and qualitative data and tools to mitigate unconscious biases and inequities in assessments and decision-making.
- System Transformation and Lasting Impact
Our goal is to create lasting change that resonates within your organization and extends to your community. We delve into your organization’s processes and systems, ensuring they are not only equitable but also sustainable. By identifying and addressing systemic disparities, we lay the foundation for lasting transformation.
Our broad range of experience in facilitating meaningful discussions and providing education and training helps support the strategic goals of your organization. Through our proven methods, we empower your organization to turn conversations into impactful initiatives.