Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Accessibility Statement


Cheekwood is committed to embracing, pursuing, and celebrating inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility among our board, staff, leadership, partners, vendors, volunteers, members, supporters and visitors. We will be steadfast in our efforts to welcome people of all races, nationalities, genders, sexual orientations, gender identities, religions, political affiliations, ages and abilities. We recognize we have much work to do and pledge to pursue new and previously underrepresented ideas, artists, advisors, partners, instructors, innovators and audiences so that all voices can be heard, respected and supported.


Cultural Celebration Programs
El Día de los Muertos – 22 years celebrating the Latinx Community
Japanese Moon Viewing – 7 years celebrating the Japanese Community
African American Cultural Family Celebration – 1 year celebrating the African American Community

Access Programs
Destination Cheekwood: Free School Field Trips
(Includes admission & guided tours)

Destination Cheekwood: Free Family Field Trips
(Includes transportation, admission, translation, meals, & complimentary memberships)

Art Outreach Program in Local Schools
(FREE art instruction & Family Return Passes)

Historical Interpretation and Research
Social history research of original Cheekwood staff of the 1930s and 1940s

African American Community Advisory Committee
Cheekwood Outreach Committee
Cheekwood Staff Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility Task Force
El Día de los Muertos Advisory Committee
Indian Culture Advisory Committee

Training Program Partnerships
Center for Nonprofit Management for Crossroads Antiracism Organizing and Training
Metro Nashville Arts Commission Racial Equity in Arts Leadership
Tennessee Arts Commission and Tennessee Historical Commission for Title VI Training Protocols

HBCU Partnerships
Fisk University Exhibition Partnership
Tennessee State University Internship Program Partnership

Cultural Partnerships
Center for Latin American Studies, Vanderbilt University
Consulate General of Japan in Nashville
Japan-America Society of Tennessee
Jewish Federation and Foundation of Middle Tennessee
National Museum of African American Music

Social Service Partnerships
Governor’s Early Literacy Foundation
Habitat for Humanity
Opportunity NOW

Strategic Plan

Cheekwood’s new Strategic Plan Forward Momentum: Cheekwood 2022-2026 was created with the assistance of consultants Lord Cultural Resources to embrace an overarching IDEA approach, including hosting community workshops representative of a diverse group of current and potential visitors.


Cultural Celebration Programs
Holi Festival – will debut Spring 2022

Access Programs
Cheekwood GROWS
New program providing hands-on gardening education for underserved K-12 students with dedicated garden beds

Workforce Development
Empower 7: Internships at Cheekwood
New program offering paid internships to students enrolled at area colleges, universities, and trade schools

You Belong Here: Fostering an Inclusive Environment at Cheekwood
Intensive diversity, equity, and inclusion training for Cheekwood’s Staff & Board conducted by Lord Cultural Resources in tandem with Forward Momentum: Cheekwood 2022-2026

As of November 22, 2021

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