MIXED BLOOD’S ANTI-RACISM/ANTI-BIAS 2021 STATEMENT
Successful pluralism, universal access, and equity have been Mixed Blood’s purpose since its 1976 inception. Founded and led by a heterosexual, white, cis-gendered male, Mixed Blood has operated within a structure of systemic racism and culture of white supremacy and privilege that impacts our entire society. We acknowledge benefiting from the perpetuation of this structure in spite of our dedication to promoting the work of BIPOC, trans, and disabled artists.
By steadfastly listening to differing perspectives, Mixed Blood commits to evolving and growing our competency in recognizing and resolving issues of systemic racism and oppression for all peoples.
We are committed to giving voice to the unheard. Through programming, services, facility, and staff, the decades-long ambition of radical hospitality to be a welcoming, inviting, and affirming organization for everybody – for all who are maligned, marginalized, and discriminated against by the systems intentionally designed to oppress – will expand and mature.
Individual identity, determined by self-identity, is paramount. Mixed Blood commits to categorically becoming a theatre of color and a destination, place of assembly, and artistic home for persons with disabilities, people of mixed race, and non-binary and trans individuals.
Mixed Blood commits that decision-making positions – staff and board leadership, directors, musical directors, choreographers, writers, designers, organizers, and more – will increasingly be composed of BIPOC, trans, and disabled individuals. Mixed Blood commits to continually improving that composition. First offers of employment for the majority of positions will go to BIPOC, trans, and disabled candidates.
Believing that capitalism is at the root of most isms, Mixed Blood commits to prioritizing its flow of dollars and other resources to vendors, contractors, and businesses that are BIPOC-owned or have anti-racist/anti-bias policies and practices.
These commitments are founded on long-held values. Equity at Mixed Blood requires constant advocacy for an inclusive society in which all can participate, prosper, and reach their full potential. For Mixed Blood, equity is just treatment, access, opportunity, and advancement for all people so that they may thrive regardless of cultural, racial, or socioeconomic status. Fairness, as implied by “just,” may require divergent strategies responding to changing contexts to reach universal goals.