BIPOC People ARE the Assets

The arts and culture sector takes a page from the world of community development– i.e. when new construction is taking place in a community, xx% of employees MUST be neighborhood residents. Likewise, when arts organizations move into BIPOC communities to offer programs or activities, they commit to hiring xx% of neighborhood residents to provide and support programs AS arts practitioners. In this way, the investment is in the EXISTING assets within any given community such that infrastructure is further strengthened, residents feel and DO belong, and gentrification is thwarted because the impression that resources are lacking and needed from outside the community is proven false.