Mission, Vision, and Values


Women of Color in the Arts (WOCA) is dedicated to creating racial and cultural equity in the performing arts field, by promoting professional opportunities for arts administrators and providing a platform to give voice and visibility to women of color. By working to fortify leadership and reinforce a world where everyone has a seat at the table, WOCA aims to cultivate an inclusive field, one as varied in voice and perspective as the communities it serves. WOCA works diligently to move the conversation of racial and cultural equity forward with the intent of creating equitable systems for all to prosper inside and outside of the arts.


1. We support an equitable role for women of color in fostering cultural democracy* nationally and internationally.

2. We encourage critical dialogue about the role of the arts in our organizations, communities, this nation and the world.

3. We believe the power of collective intention and collective action will shift the internal and external conversations regarding racial diversity, equity and inclusion in the performing arts field.

4. We believe that the voices, expertise and experience of women of color are unique.

5. We believe that increasing the opportunities for women of color to serve in decision-making positions only strengthens the field.

6. We believe that formal and informal learning opportunities provide necessary information and support to assist women of color in navigating the arts landscape and furthering their careers.

7. We believe that establishing relationships with other women of color in the arts for both professional and personal support, ensures that members continue to be a vibrant, contributive constituency.

8. We believe in partnering with organizations and individuals who are striving for diversity and equity in the performing arts.

*The concept of cultural democracy comprises a set of related commitments: protecting and promoting cultural diversity, and the right to culture for everyone in our society and around the world; encouraging active participation in community cultural life; enabling people to participate in policy decisions that affect the quality of our cultural lives; and assuring fair and equitable access to cultural resources and support.

promoting equity. fortifying leadership.

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