Diversity, Equity, Accessibility & Inclusion Pledge


Cheekwood is committed to embracing, pursuing, and celebrating equity, accessibility, diversity and inclusion among our board, staff, leadership, partners, vendors, volunteers, members, supporters and visitors. We stand in solidarity with the Black community and remain 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 Dia de los Muertos – 21 years celebrating the Latinx Community
Otsukimi – 6 years celebrating the Japanese Community

Access Programs
Student Field Trips
(FREE admission, guided tours & Family Return Passes)

Cheekwood Explorations: Read, Paint, Plant School Program
(FREE transportation stipends, admission, programming & Family Return Passes)

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

Destination Cheekwood Family Field Trips Program
(FREE transportation, admission, translation, meals, & complimentary memberships)

African American Community Advisory Committee
Cheekwood Staff Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force
El Día de los Muertos 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 (formerly Books from Birth)
Habitat for Humanity
Opportunity NOW


Cultural Celebration Program
African American Cultural Celebration – three years in planning to debut Summer 2021

The Sculpture of William Edmondson: Tombstones, Garden Ornaments, and Stone Work  

Research Projects
Recruitment Strategies for a Diversified Workforce
Social history research of original Cheekwood staff of the 1930s and 1940s

You Belong Here: Fostering an Inclusive Environment at Cheekwood (project providing intensive diversity, equity, and inclusion training for Cheekwood’s staff, Board, and volunteers/interns)

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