Our Commitment to Diversity
CEPA is committed to inclusiveness and works to forge ties between diverse communities and individuals. CEPA serves traditionally underrepresented artists, audiences, and youths. We aim to promote art and culture as essential tools of citizenship and a critical facet of building community. The high costs of many art exhibitions and programs make the arts inaccessible to a broad swath of Buffalonians, an issue that CEPA actively addresses by making our galleries free and open to the public. Low-income students have access to high-caliber programming from CEPA through a fund we maintain to support them.
CEPA defines diversity broadly (by age, cultural identity, ethnicity, gender identity, sexuality, geography, media interpretation) and is committed to creating unique opportunities for artists and audiences to interact and engage in conversations around sensitive issues that affect WNYers. The central location of our Main Street Galleries ensures access to internationally celebrated exhibitions and award-winning educational programming. Our reimagined Big Orbit Satellite and Field Darkroom projects will provide many neighborhood-based platforms to engage diverse county residents.
CEPA is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer actively dedicated to diversity and placemaking in the arts. We are proud to offer young creatives access to paid opportunities, including entry-level job training, teaching, and internships. We also provide student stipends and adjust costs to ensure accessible education programs. Each of these opportunities serves to open a pipeline into the cultural world for those who may never have thought it was achievable.