MusicalFare Theatre Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (DEI) Statement:
MusicalFare Theatre is driven by the transformative power of music and arts, and we understand that inclusive, equitable and diverse stories and storytellers are instrumental in helping our Western New York theater community thrive.
At MusicalFare Theatre, all are welcome and celebrated, regardless of gender, age, race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, education, or ability. We are committed to standing together with, listening to, and elevating the voices of these communities – onstage, on our creative and administrative staffs, and on our board – now and always.
We are not neutral. Hate is not welcome here. We believe Black Lives Matter. We believe LGBTQ+ lives matter. We reject anti-Semitism and anti-Asian hate. We reject white supremacy and any forms of racial, cultural, societal, and political oppression, and we support the ongoing fight for equity.
We also recognize the systemic inequalities in the arts and know that our words are only as valuable as their accompanying actions. In 2021, MusicalFare launched a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee as part of our capacity planning, which is dedicated to developing and sustaining concrete DEI policies and actions to help move us all forward. We pledge to be constant learners and will strive to create a culture of listening and self-challenge.
We as an organization cannot fulfill our mission and truly commit to our core values unless all voices are protected and elevated equally.
Our Land Acknowledgement Statement:
It is with gratitude and humility that we acknowledge that we are working, performing, and gathering on the ancestral homelands of the Haudenosaunee people, who are the indigenous peoples of this land. We acknowledge the Haudenosaunee as the original caretakers of this land, and honor the sovereignty of the 6 Nations—Mohawk, Cayuga, Onondaga, Oneida, Seneca and Tuscarora, and their elders both past and present, as well as future generations. We show our respect for treaties made on this land and deep regret for the mistakes both past, and present.
We acknowledge that, as the world goes through the COVID-19 pandemic, an overwhelming number of us are using technologies not available or accessible in present day indigenous communities.
We will strive to do the necessary work to ensure that MusicalFare becomes a more inclusive space for all, and to never cease our ongoing learning in the spirit of collaboration and reconciliation. Nya: Weh. Thank you.