Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The Art House Convergence commits to pursuing structural, economic, and conceptual equity, accessibility, and inclusivity.  We recognize pursuing justice and actively working to remove barriers to inclusion as essential to community-based cinema exhibition.

Alliance for Action

Alliance for Action is a working group for exhibitors, distributors, and festivals, addressing equity issues in art house/independent film exhibition and distribution.

Why? We believe that increasing equity is a moral imperative that benefits all involved by leading to economic, cultural, and social sustainability in our field. In order to succeed, art house cinemas must work to be more inclusive and seek an equitable and just balance, reflective of our communities.

Get Involved email ahc-allies-for-action@googlegroups.com.


For arts organizations to grow, thrive, and support diverse participation, it is crucial to provide resources and support so that staff can gain a deeper understanding of the organization’s culture and power dynamics. Sometimes, getting to know yourself and the organization where you work requires shifting long-entrenched beliefs and systems.

Hosting conversations about privilege and racial and gendered power-dynamics can be challenging and difficult to navigate.

Hiring facilitators and educators, who are trained in leading these conversations and whose work prioritizes social justice can be a key foundational step in changing institutional culture and creating more equitable working conditions.

Kiara Nagel, Interaction Institute for Social Change

Contact Kiara Nagel

Kiara Nagel delivers training, facilitation, and consulting services to foster collaboration, grow healthy organizations, and support equitable community development. At the core of her diverse body of work is a dedication to ensuring those most affected are directly engaged in decision-making about how their places can be shaped, understood and represented. Kiara has contributed to many local, national and international initiatives focused on social justice and transformational change and trained and supported organizers, educators, and young people to be more effective and creative in their work. Her own active consulting practice draws on process design and facilitation, strategy, organizational and leadership development, culture and creativity work, racial justice, and sustainable social change principles.

Shontina Vernon, Visionary Justice StoryLab

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Shontina’s current work as a Rauschenberg Fellow supports her role as the founding Creative Director of the Visionary Justice StoryLab,  an interdisciplinary arts “collaboratory” in which storytellers, media makers, artists and community organizers create new works to address the inequities in representation through narrative. Additionally, Shontina has worked to develop arts as an alternative to incarceration programs for youth, serving as mentor artist and facilitator with the Seattle based Creative Justice Program (4Culture), the Dallas County Juvenile Justice Department and the Door in New York. Her work as a teaching artist has been featured in the award winning documentary film STAGES produced by the Meerkat Media Collective. She is a skilled facilitator in the areas of social justice, culturally relevant learning and trauma informed care. She has worked with Carnegie Hall, John Jay Criminal Justice College, United Way/Americorps, Seattle Art Museum, and the Creative Advantage (select list).