At NEMPAC, we do not tolerate or accept racism of any kind, in any form.

  • We are committed to becoming a more diverse and inclusive organization by working to overcome the disparities and inequities that exist through the services we provide, the people we reach, the workplace culture we foster, and the outcomes we achieve. This is the defining work of our time, and essential to our long-term relevance and impact.
  • We are committed to programs that bring together and celebrate individuals and/or groups of people of varying opinions, experiences, beliefs, and backgrounds – to spark conversation, build understanding, listen to perspectives, and unite the community. We use the arts to tell stories that represent the communities and cultures of Greater Boston. Through music, artists, and performers, we speak in sound—as well as words—about the shared and unique experiences of artists and audience members. Equity is one of our core values, and we continue through our actions as a nonprofit arts organization to provide programming that is diverse, inclusive, and accessible for all.
  • As we begin the work of becoming a more inclusive organization that contributes to increased equity in Boston and in cultural and civic life, our desire for positive progress must be informed by our historical context. We recognize that structural racism exists in our neighborhoods, our cultural institutions, and within the NEMPAC community. We will work to end structural racism and create an environment where everyone has access to the performing arts and feels a sense of belonging.
  • We seek to become an inclusive community, working against white privilege, bias, racism, religious and ethnic intolerance, and discrimination based on gender, sexuality, multiple marginalized identities, class, age, and ability. We strive to overcome these issues through a lens of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB).

Inclusion at NEMPAC:

All students are welcome and encouraged to participate in NEMPAC’s lessons, classes, and student events regardless of ability, gender, sex, race, national origin, economic status, sexual orientation, or religious background. To be inclusive, NEMPAC encourages the following: 

  • In all classes and group lessons, the instructor is encouraged to lead the class in a Pronoun Circle & Name Pronunciation Check during the first class. Students are not required to disclose their pronouns if they do not wish.
  • NEMPAC will provide our Tuition Assistance and Marshall Scholarship application to families in English, Spanish, and Chinese. 
  • Class and lesson goals should be flexible to meet students of all learning needs and styles, while progress will be assessed in various contexts, both through process and product. 
  • Instructors are encouraged to provide a well-rounded curriculum that includes multiple means of instruction, such as visual, auditory, kinesthetic, verbal, interpersonal, and intrapersonal strategies to present information and to have students express understanding. 
  • Upon request, NEMPAC will support teachers with a class curriculum sample template to assist with curriculum development
  • NEMPAC encourages cultural responsiveness to teaching and rehearsal spaces. Instructors, artistic staff, and artists are encouraged to explore a variety of cultures, musical and theatrical genres, and dance styles, from a diverse range of musicians, composers, playwrights, and choreographers. 
  • NEMPAC provides faculty and staff with the skills, information, and support necessary for a diverse and culturally responsive classroom and learning environment.
  • NEMPAC will work to start including closed captioning and sign language interpreters in student events and performances throughout the year. 
  • NEMPAC has wheelchair access at the Prado studios, Hull St, and the first floor of Tileston St for any person with mobility issues.