Responsive, Equitable, Accessible, Community, Humanity

Responsive, Equitable, Accessible, Community, Humanity

In Fall 2022, Carla Mestas from Circle Organization conducted a six-week online practice focused on Diversity, Equity, Leadership, and Inclusion. Participants selected included NDCA Staff and Board, as well as Organizational Constituents and Individuals who were already practicing these principles and could continue to share out with their own communities.

The next step for North Dakota Council on the Arts was to form the REACH committee in Winter 2023. 

Jason Grueneich acting and singing on stage with five other people in costumeREACH committee members:

  • Jason Grueneich – Bismarck (on stage, right)
  • Anna Johnson – Fargo
  • Tim Baumann – Minot 
  • Maureen Kelly Jonason – Moorhead
  • Yoke-Sim Gunaratne – Fargo
  • John Geyerman – Williston
  • Hamzat Koriko – Grand Forks
  • Erin Belgard – Turtle Mountain

The goals of REACH include:

  • Discuss what practices are fair and equitable in grantmaking
  • Consider ways NDCA's programming can be enhanced by utilizing these principles
  • Brainstorm how to reach more diverse groups and individuals and offer assistance with the process

REACH committee members received a stipend and met ONLINE for seven months to help NDCA with the following:

  • Discuss what NDCA can and cannot do as a State Agency
  • Spread the word about upcoming grant application deadlines
  • Serve as a Grant Panelists or suggest others
  • Review the website and provide guidance on presentation and language
  • Provide feedback on grant guidelines, applications, and the grant review process
  • And more…

Arts belong here - so do you!