As of September 21, 2016, the Board of Directors of the Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council has reaffirmed its commitment to serving the diverse communities of Ketchikan in an inclusive manner, representative of all members of the community, including individual cultural backgrounds, traditions, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, people living with disabilities, and that art is an ideal vehicle for social and economic development. Board and community members committed to this resolution will review, assess, and make recommendations on current and future Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council policies, procedures, governance and programs with the goal of establishing a more inclusive Arts Council for all people living in the Ketchikan area.

To see the full Resolution, please click HERE.

After reviewing KAAHC programming, Bylaws, and the Operational Policies and Procedures the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force made written recommendations to the Board of Directors in July of 2017. The Board reviewed the recommendations and accepted all changes to the Bylaws and Operational Policies and Procedures and will have those changes for membership approval at the Annual Meeting in March of 2018. Additional observations were made including the need for an annual review of the organizational progress toward diversity and equity, that the organization fails to reach out to culturally diverse artists in programming, and culturally diverse role models must be celebrated in order for young people to see themselves as successful artists.

Please see the full Diversity and Inclusion Task Force recommendation letter HERE.

KAAHC celebrates the diversity of our community, acknowledges our differences as a precious resource, and strives to encourage everyone to create and experience the arts.