AAC Commitment Statement

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging

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Core Community Principle

The Art Academy of Cincinnati stands for justice, truth, empathy, and the belief that life should be honored and respected. We want our students to understand that the Art Academy of Cincinnati acknowledges that structural, systemic, historical, and intersecting forms of oppression require our ongoing attention, action, innovation, and leadership for positive change. The AAC is committed to protecting the rights of all students, alumni, faculty, and staff.

We believe that a diverse community of students, faculty, and staff enriches the tapestry and strengthens our creativity, practices, and culture. Diversity and inclusion create a safe place where all feel valued and heard. We welcome all persons, and our diversity definition includes — but is not limited to — race, ethnicity, color, nationality, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, religion, disability, age, military status, visa status, and socioeconomic status. Diversity and inclusion are ever-evolving concepts. At the AAC, we will continue to address policy and procedures through thoughtful engagement, critique, and change.

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Anissa Lewis

Director of Diveristy, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging
“The role of the artist is exactly the same as the role of the lover. If I love you, I have to make you conscious of the things you don’t see.”

― James Baldwin
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