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INCLUSION DIVERSITY EQUITY ACCESS

INCLUSION DIVERSITY EQUITY ACCESS

CELEBRATING MANY FORMS OF DIVERSITY

Our Mission

San Francisco Ballet’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I) mission is to: provide individuals an opportunity to achieve their full potential; enhance and strengthen our art form; and solidify our reputation as a preeminent arts organization, embodying innovation, excellence, and inclusion. We strive to share our joy of dance, while fostering a welcoming environment—both internally and externally—that celebrates and embraces many forms of diversity.

SF BOARD I.D.E.A. STATEMENT

The San Francisco Ballet Board of Trustees is committed to actively promoting inclusion, diversity, equity, and access throughout the San Francisco Ballet organization, to ensure that we are truly welcoming to all.

Our Board invites and promotes the inclusion of different perspectives, which in turn improves oversight and demonstrates our determination to foster a culture free of conscious and unconscious bias, from the boardroom to the stage. In service of this commitment, we embrace and respect those of varying socio-economic, cultural, and racial backgrounds, all of whom bring value and vibrancy to the workplace and to our company.

We believe that dance has the capacity to inspire people of all backgrounds and bring joy to their lives. The future of ballet depends on its ability to be inclusive, and to attract new and more diverse audiences.

We pledge to amplify the voices that reflect the diversity of our local and global communities, and to make sustainable change the legacy of our leadership.

I.D.E.A. SPOTLIGHT

San Francisco Ballet stands in solidarity with our Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander community in the fight against racism and pursuit of unity. The AAPI community has been targets in a growing number of racially motivated attacks since the pandemic. During Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in May 2021, we created a series of video messages from across our organization, including members of the San Francisco Ballet Association Board of Trustees, dancers from the Company, members of the SFB Orchestra, and staff.

IN CONVERSATION WITH SF BALLET

Listen to a conversation with members of the San Francisco Ballet Association Board of Trustees Christine Leong Connors, Hiro Iwanaga, Yasunobu Kyogoku, Yurie Pascarella, and Timothy C. Wu. Join us in our stand against hate and racism.

DANCERS UNITED AGAINST RACISM

Dancers from the Company created this choreographic statement, advocating for a stop on hate. #StopAsianHate #ArtAndActivism #HonorAllOurElders

"Don't Hate, Create!" by Musicians of SF Ballet Orchestra

Musicians of the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra say “Don’t Hate, Create!” in this fervent performance of the first movement of Mendelssohn's E-Flat Major String Octet during AAPI Heritage Month. Join us in our stand against hate and racism. Performance by Heeguen Song, Beni Shinohara, Minsun Choi, Laura Keller, violin; Yi Zhou, Caroline Lee, viola; Jonah Kim, Thalia Moore, cello; and Shinji Eshima, bass.

One Voice Collage Video

A message from SF Ballet staff.

Family members of George Perry Floyd Jr. called for May 25th to be a “Day of Enlightenment” around the world, in the hope of commemorating his life as a catalyst for change. Leaders of SF Ballet's BIPOC and allies Employee Resource Group have compiled suggestions and resources for those wishing to act in his honor.

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For 87 years, San Francisco Ballet has received and benefited from the many contributions of people of color.
Like many non-profits, we are taking a hard look at our organization, where we have fallen short, and what we must do to make deep, sustaining change.

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UNITED IN THE PURSUIT OF EQUITY AND JUSTICE

The guilty verdict of Derek Chauvin reminds all of us of the importance of equity in justice, regardless of what makes us different.


Read the full message from Sunnie Evers and Robert G. Shaw
Co-Chairs of San Francisco Ballet Board of Trustees

San Francisco Ballet joins others within the arts community in sharing the following resources and inviting you to become an advocate for stopping hate against the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community wherever and whenever it occurs in our community.

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