That the arts can influence the way we think and act. That artists build bridges to understanding through their work and creativity.
That culture, the arts and artists are essential to the human experience, connect individuals, build vibrant communities and ultimately transform society.
That equitable access to the arts, arts education and support of all artists is crucial.
Statement of Purpose
We welcome diverse voices and perspectives and believe in and stand for the values of inclusion, equity and justice. We welcome all people and recognize the rights of individuals to live their lives with dignity, free of discrimination based on their faith, race, national origin or immigration status.
We challenge ourselves and our partners to overcome racism (individual, institutional, and structural), implicit bias, history, and internal organizational practices, so that we can elevate egalitarian values and create a broader coalition for social justice work.
We will continue to work to expand, evolve and strengthen our services and programs to make them more accessible and open to all individuals. Advancing equity and inclusion is critical to our vision and the success of individuals, our communities, our nation, and our world.
In order to help ensure our programs are achieving their objectives, starting with the MAC Fellowship program we have begun to collect statistical data on race/ethnicity, gender, and age.
The Foundation shall operate the MAC Fellowship program and select recipients on an objective and nondiscriminatory basis. In selecting recipients, the Foundation will not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, nationality, or religion. The Foundation may, however, take into account the accomplishments of applicants who have overcome significant obstacles, including barriers presented by their economic circumstances, physical disabilities, or membership in a minority group.