The Northampton Arts Council works to support and nurture the arts in the city of Northampton. The Council awards grants twice each year to artists and arts groups from both state and locally-raised funds, and seeks to improve public awareness of the arts. Its' goals include maintaining and preserving the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Northampton, programming such annual events of interest to the community as First Night Northampton and Transperformance.

Thursday, October 7, 2021

Northampton Arts Council | Meeting Norms - Proposed by Equity Subcommittee

 Northampton Arts Council | Meeting Norms - Proposed by Equity Subcommittee

  • Use “I” statements: speak from your own experience and perspective; be careful not to speak for others or for groups

  • Assume Good Intentions: recognize your own personal privileges & biases 

  • Call in, not out: point out problems in ways that empower people to be part of the solution 

  • Recognize intention vs. impact: you may not intend to do harm, but if you do, apologize, accept responsibility, and do better

  • Lean into discomfort: hurt and discomfort are opportunities for growth 

  • Respect people’s pronouns and gender-identity: don’t assume pronouns; if you’re unsurely defaulting to “they” is OK

  • Stories Stay, Lessons Leave: respect confidentiality and personal stories, especially in 1:1 conversations and subcommittee work  

  • Stay open to feedback: when people call you in, consider this a gift and a learning opportunity 

  • Be mindful of airtime: if you’ve spoken a lot, create space for others; be mindful of the privileged identities you may hold 

Set clear boundaries and consequences as a team: we are responsible for creating our own culture of accountability

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