The Creative Equity Toolkit provides an action-oriented approach to increasing cultural diversity in the arts.
This site features dozens of implementable actions, from simple to complex, along with hundreds of links to tools and resources developed around the world to help put these actions into practice.
Internationally there are remarkable differences in how arts organisations approach the question of diversity. This site brings together ideas, research and best practice from around the world into one place. We’ve extracted the solutions and recommendations from research and case studies, and provided short introductions to key concepts to help inform debate.
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What is the scope of this website?
This website focuses on ethno-cultural and migrant racial equity in the arts, cultural and creative industries. This is also the focus of the work of Diversity Arts Australia. When we use the term ‘cultural diversity’ throughout this site, we acknowledge that this language is contested. ‘Diversity’ is not the term preferred by everyone, and also encompasses far more than cultural diversity. While focusing on ethno-cultural and migrant racial equity, Diversity Arts works intersectionally and in solidarity with many communities, including First Nations, people with disability, deaf communities, people with caring responsibilities, queer communities, regional communities and people of diverse ages, genders, religions and socio-economic statuses.
The experience of current and historical colonisation, dispossession, abuse and injustice of First Nations people cannot be conflated with settler migrant experiences as part of a narrative of ‘multiculturalism’. For migrant communities, as well as white communities, working with Indigenous communities and cultural material requires very specific frameworks, protocols and standards that this website does not attempt to address, as our writers are not Indigenous and cannot speak on behalf of Indigenous communities.
There are many excellent resources for working in this space. Good starting points for people working in the arts and screen industries are the Australia Council for the Arts and Screen Australia. Our partners at Creative Victoria and Create NSW also have specific resources, as do arts and screen authorities in other Australian states and territories.
- We focus on ethno-cultural, migrant, refugee and minority ethnic racial equity.
However we do include resources written and/or produced by Indigenous people, including First Nations Australians, as influential thinkers who lead and inform racial equity work for migrant communities. We strive to include intersectional works.
- We focus on resources for organisations.
Other DARTS and BC projects are aimed at supporting individual artists and creatives, but the audience for this project is arts, screen and cultural organisations, funding bodies, government bodies, policymakers and philanthropic organisations.
- We only include resources available in English.
Due to lack of resources to research and translate across languages. Unfortunately at the moment this website is only available in English.
- We include resources from around the world.
As a joint project of the British Council and Diversity Arts Australia, our coverage is global.
- We take a practical, action-oriented approach
This toolkit is a practical guide that links to existing resources for organisations that want to take action on equity. It does not seek to include all available literature, nor to identify or fill gaps in the literature, but instead to curate a selection of leading practical resources.
Lead Writer & Project Producer: Monique Choy
Researchers: Anique Vered, Mounira Almenoar, Sonia Mehrmand, Anna Denejkina
Additional Research Support: Rebecca Mostyn
British Council Australia: Helen Salmon (Director), Anna Hay (Arts and Programme Manager), Kate Murray (Senior Communications Manager)
Accessibility Consultant: Shravan Reddi
Thanks to: Rupert Daniel, Simon Steele, Dan Gibney, Amanda Brizzi, Glaiza Perez, Dr Paula Abood, Dr Görkem Acaroğlu, Eugene Hoh, Karen Soldatic, Shalini Perera, Caitlin Vaughan, Reem Al-Gharabally, James Arvanitakis, Gerald Lidstone, Kevin Bathman, Joanne Cooper.
About Diversity Arts Australia
Diversity Arts Australia is Australia’s key national organisation working for ethno-cultural
diversity in the creative sector.
About the British Council
The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational
opportunities, on the ground in six continents and over 100 countries, bringing international
opportunity to life, every day.