About the Theme

The theme for the 2019 Indiana Arts Homecoming is Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Access: Arts for All. The conference will explore what "Arts for All" means in practice, inspire new ideas as participants advance their work using this specific lens, and deepen leadership and capacity for artists, organizations and communities.

Inclusion

Is the act of creating environments in which any individual or group can be and feel welcomed, respected, supported, and valued to fully participate.

Diversity

Includes ALL the ways in which people differ, and it encompasses ALL the characteristics that make one individual or group different from another.

We are using the broadest definition possible. It includes not only race, ethnicity, and gender — the groups that most often come to mind when the term "diversity" is used — but also (and not limited to) age, national origin, religion, disability, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, education, marital status, language, physical appearance, and geography. It also involves different ideas, perspectives, and values, and any way in which people might identify themselves.

Equity

Is the fair treatment, access, opportunity, and advancement for all people, while at the same time striving to identify and eliminate barriers that have prevented the full participation of some groups.

Access 

Is the act of creating environments in which any individual or group can be and feel welcomed, respected, supported, and valued to fully participate.