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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Pledge

Vanessa German, Can I Love You Without Capitalism? How? (detail), 2019. Mixed-media assemblage, 59 x 67.5 x 26 in. Photo: Courtesy Pavel Zoubok Fine Art, New York and Fort Gansevoort, New York.

International Sculpture Center – Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Statement


Diversity is the representation of our various identities collectively and as individuals. Diversity includes, but is not limited to race; color; ethnicity; nationality; citizenship; religion; tribe; caste; socioeconomic status; veteran status; education; marital status; language; age; gender; gender expression; gender identity; sexual orientation; mental or physical ability; genetic information; and modes of communication; learning styles; and ways of thinking.

The International Sculpture Center (ISC) believes that it is the diversity that adds value to our community. We respect, embrace and welcome all of our differences. We seek out and proactively engage, understand, and draw on the perspectives of the varied identities and differences of individuals and groups.


International Sculpture Center believes in fair treatment, equality of opportunity, advancement, and fairness in regard to access and resources for all. To create a fair and equitable community requires the identification and elimination of barriers that prevent the full participation of some groups. We acknowledge that there are historically under-served and under-represented populations and that addressing this imbalance is a necessary step to achieve equality by providing accessible opportunities to everyone.


International Sculpture Center strives to build a culture of belonging by actively inviting participation and contribution from everyone. No one person or group can represent our entire community; every person’s voice adds value. To be inclusive means authentically bringing traditionally excluded individuals and/or groups into processes, activities, and decision and policy-making in ways that share power and ensure equal access to opportunities and resources. Our goal is to be inclusive in our leadership, on committees and task forces, on staff, in membership, and in all ISC activities and programs.

Diversity Equity and Inclusion Pledge and Plan of Action


The international Sculpture Center acknowledges that the statement above is not effective without a plan of action. The ISC is committed to making a difference and will be creating a strategic Diversity, Equity and Inclusion plan by the end of the year.

We have created a Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee to complete the DEI plan that includes clear goals and action oversight.

The Chair of the committee is Dr. Raymond Tymas-Jones, Ph.D., a Trustee of the ISC Board of Directors.

  • We will work on building a more diverse board of trustees and staff.
  • We will have diversity equity and inclusion training for board and staff.
  • We will review our content and programming and make improvements to ensure inclusion of all forms of art across the broad spectrum that represents individuals, groups and communities and their own unique art forms and practices.
  • We will collaborate and build relationships with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU’s), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HIS’s) and other underrepresented organizations.
  • We will survey our members and our audience regularly to evaluate the impact of our plan and we will produce regular progress reports.

The ISC acknowledges that it has worked hard, with success, in being inclusive in its programming, through conference content, (see more details on our conference panels, panelists and speakers here) and through coverage in Sculpture magazine (see more details here ). Where we see opportunities for meaningful impact is in audience participation; we acknowledge that there can be significant development in bringing more people from underrepresented communities to our meetings and including them in our membership community. Our plan will address this very important area for change.

If you wish to be part of the committee or would like to share your ideas or your ISC experience with us please contact Johannah Hutchison at

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