During the summer of 2020, the AMFS began an intensive internal process examining its practices and goals with regard to inclusion, diversity, equity, and access (IDEA). We assembled a committee of Board members, artist-faculty, alumni, and staff who worked closely with Justin Laing, a consultant specializing in IDEA, to examine current practices at the AMFS and re-imagine our future. Our goal was to determine a path forward toward greater justice in our own work and as a leader in a field that has been historically White in culture and creation.

After a great deal of heart-driven discussion, we arrived at a Statement of Commitment that launches the AMFS into a new level of commitment to change, and which represents the organization’s starting point for this critical work. The seven commitments touch on seven different areas of the organization and reflect our desire to affect not only what happens in Aspen but especially beyond.

We are proud to release our full Statement of Commitment, which you can read here. It is important to emphasize that the exploration that led to these commitments represents a starting point for our work, which is ongoing. An internal committee has been appointed to continue stewarding this work. It will meet regularly, and we will communicate with you about it with frequency on our Stewardship Page.

If you’d like to offer your own comments or suggestions, we welcome all feedback and take seriously our increased commitment to listening. Visit our Feedback Page to reach the full internal committee dedicated to this work.