Our Mission

To promote Education and Appreciation of the Arts

 

Goals

The Art Center’s goals include being an essential and sustaining part of the culture of Marco Island and Collier County as a preeminent advocate and art center in the region. Additionally, the Art Center seeks to provide open and economically viable access to art, programs, quality educational opportunities and functions to all people including residents, visitors, and tourists.

Marco Island Center for the Arts Anti- Discrimination Policy

Art is for All. We are an organization committed to the principle of equal opportunity in education, employment and the enjoyment of our venue and our activities.  The Art Center does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law in the administration of its employment practices, education and exhibition policies, scholarships, programs or activities.  The Art Center is committed to building a culturally diverse community and strongly encourages applications from all candidates.

 

We are committed to making our facility and programming accessible to all including people with disabilities.  Anyone requiring accommodation, auxiliary aid or service is encouraged to inquire at the front desk.

Marco Island Center for the Arts Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility Policy

Marco island Center for the Arts is committed to championing policies and practices that value diversity, foster equity, and empower an accessible and inclusive environment. Our strength lies in the diversity among the broad range of people who contribute their time and talents to the Art Center. We consider inclusion and accessibility a driver of institutional excellence and seek out diversity of participation, thought, and action. It is our aim, therefore, that our board, staff, instructors, artists, members and volunteers reflect and embrace these core values.

Definitions

Inclusion:

While diversity always exists in social systems, inclusion and equity must be fostered. We do this by cultivating an environment where people feel supported and listened to, and are able to do their personal best. We are responsible for ensuring that our board, staff, instructors, artists, members and volunteers demonstrates cultural competence, and that our exhibitions, educational offerings and programming reflect and respond to diverse needs, interests, and cultures of Marco Island, Collier County and the world beyond.

Diversity:

The Art Center defines diversity as the characteristics and attributes that make each of us unique at the individual or group level. Diversity has many dimensions, including but not limited to gender identity and expression, race, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, disability, and age; as well as cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds, life experiences, skills, thoughts, perspectives, and ideas.

Equity:

Equity involves acknowledging diversity, celebrating what makes us unique, and working together to eliminate barriers that prevent participation of all people and communities. Building equity requires that we seek an understanding of the underlying causes of disparities within our society, and strive to address and overcome them, in order to fulfill our commitment to providing equal opportunities in our employment and other practices.

Accessibility:

An accessible art center is one that is inclusive of, and makes accommodations for, people with all types of disabilities. We are committed to creating accessible environments throughout the institution’s physical building and in our practices. We believe these commitments strengthen the institution for everyone: our board, staff, instructors, artists, members and volunteers, patrons and visitors .

Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility Framework

We strive to demonstrate leadership by modeling excellence and best practices for inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility. We believe in the power of human creativity and the opportunities for connection and learning that exist when cultures and communities come together in collaboration and understanding. By recognizing and engaging the wisdom, knowledge, and creativity found within every community, we can begin to weave the complex history of our shared cultural heritage.

Policy on Accessibility

Marco island Center for the Arts believes in making art accessible to all people and is committed to providing full access to persons with disabilities so they can enjoy all of our offerings. It is our goal to remove all barriers and provide a safe and welcoming space for learning, expression, and inspiration.

While we provide accessibility to exhibitions in the galleries, the gift gallery, classrooms on both floors (elevator access) parking, restrooms, and common areas, we pledge to continually strive to do more. We will investigate ways we can better provide visitors with disabilities with a welcoming, comfortable environment. This includes identifying potential barriers, ensuring accessible space, and providing effective communications for exhibitions, educational activities, and other programs.

While we make every effort to provide necessary assistance and accommodations, if an accessibility issue arises while visiting the Art Center, please contact any staff member.

When you enter the Art Center you become part of our ART FAMILY and we strive to be your ART HOME.

We are committed to making our facility and programming accessible to all including people with disabilities.  Anyone requiring accommodation, auxiliary aid or service is encouraged to inquire at the front desk.

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