Black Women Widows Empowered is excited to announce a partnership with Allied Arts Foundation. In 2021, we will be holding our first play, Widow Strong: Rise Up!, that will speak to the voice of a widow. We have selected Allied Arts Foundation as our fiscal sponsor for this initiative. Allied Arts Foundation, based out of Seattle, Washington, is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization supporting the arts by providing yearly artist grants, high school artist awards, music scholarship, and fiscal sponsorship for artists and arts organizations.
AAF's board is currently made up of 40 individuals. Of these, four members are people of color, six members identify as LGBTQ, and 24 identify as women.
BWWE does not take partnerships lightly and specifically searched for organizations that are huge proponents of diversity and inclusion, who work to advance racial justice locally and at home, and who are supporters of the arts and creators and Allied Arts Foundation was just a good fit.
AAF's STATEMENT OF SOLIDARITY, DIVERSITY & INCLUSIVITY
Allied Arts Foundation supports Black Lives Matter, and joins in grieving the senseless deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and all those who have suffered under police brutality and misconduct.
We understand that institutional racism exists in our country and in our cultural institutions, including Allied Arts Foundation. The fight for equity must begin at home and we recognize that we must take an in-depth look at our own cultural and racial biases, address any roles we have played, and work to undo them. We pledge to be an active part of change for racial equity in the arts and to do our part in helping create a society where People of Color are not oppressed.
We believe that everyone should have access to — and the opportunity to participate in — the arts. We hold a view of diversity that includes the widest range of socially oppressed groups, including people of all colors, genders, identities, abilities, incomes, and religious affiliations.
Allied Arts Foundation works within the city, county, and state partnering with community members to activate, support, and advocate for the arts, and equitable inclusion is a consideration that is central to all of our work.
We actively seek out new members for the Board of Trustees from diverse communities. Our Board includes people from the Black, Latinx, Asian, disabled, and LGBTQ+ populations.
Our Executive Committee members include women, elderly, disabled, and LGBTQ+ members, and we will work in the coming year to give a voice to ethnic youth at our organization.
All of our programming, including our high school Block Awards, Artist Grants, and Fiscal Sponsorship Program, will continue to be either fully inclusive of all populations, or directed specifically to an underserved population, such as our 2017 artist grant awards to female composers and songwriters, or our current Music Scholarship program for at-risk and underserved youth in South King County.
Our promotional and marketing materials and website will continue to feature images of a wide variety of ethnicities.
We will continue to expand our programming direct outreach list, which includes authorities in 29 tribes, 79 ethnic news media outlets, and over 75 individuals and organizations working with disabled and low-income populations throughout the state.
Thank you for your partnership and we look forward to great things to come.
The BWWE Board of Directors
*BWWE stands in solidarity with the protests ongoing in Portland and Seattle, WA; Los Angeles; Richmond, VA; Louisville, Kentucky; Aurora, CO; Austin, TX; and Omaha, NE.
To be silent is to be complicit.