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San Francisco Opera, always ahead in the PC game, has created a Department of Diversity, Equity and Community (DEC).
Chip Mc Neal, presently of the Education Department, will become the first Director of Diversity, Equity and Community on August 1.
– An institutional commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) both within the organization and externally.
– Continuation of the Opera’s ARIA (Arts Resources in Action) Residency program, which connects K-8 students and teachers to the process of opera creation across multiple visits, as well as the ARIA Dress Rehearsal and Professional Development programs.
– Continuation of select CUE (Community. Understanding. Engagement.) programs, the Company’s suite of programs for the broader community of adults, families and youth, building conversation and engagement around the stories being told on the Opera House stage.
SF Opera boss Matthew Shilvock said: ‘Great opera is about telling universal stories that bind us in shared humanity. San Francisco Opera is committed to building trust in our community that we are a place where all people can come together and feel welcome and included. We’re committed to championing an equity in the stories we are telling, the people who are telling them, and the audiences with whom we are sharing them. With the creation of a Department of Diversity, Equity and Community we are taking a critical step to deepen our relationship with our community, furthering the already vital work of our ARIA and CUE programs.’