Whether you are

an individual, non-profit executive, are representing a fortune 500 company, or are a university, we will work with your team to develop practices that support your current work, while moving towards equity and inclusion. We are glad to partner with organizations both in, and outside, the contemporary art world to do this important work. At the core, art leads our inquiry and methodology, creating innovative platforms for conversations on inclusion as we work towards equity. 


Through a creative and arts-based lens, ACI is committed to working with both individuals and collective groups to bridge and close the cultural equity gap in our contemporary arts world and beyond. We offer a suite of consultancy services, in addition to leadership training, to support this sector-wide development. ACI works with partners in the contemporary art world, and beyond, using art as a tool for building inclusive practices.

  • Are you a diversity & inclusion officer in your organization?

  • Are you a leader working in an institution or organization that could use equity, diversity & inclusion training?

  • Are you a recruiter working to support equity, diversity & inclusion development?

  • Are you interested in equity, diversity & inclusion but aren’t quite sure where to start?

We’re here to support you and your community. 


To understand the needs of each organization, and assess the current culture and environment, ACI offers diversity and inclusion systems diagnostics. This varies in size, duration and cost based on the needs of an organization.


Building on our arts-infused equity & inclusion Systems Diagnostics, ACI offers a suite of consultancy trainings around diversity, inclusion and equity topics. Depending on the objectives of the organization, trainings will be tailored to fit the needs of the communities served. One constant in all our training is that art and creativity are at the core as we partner with our innovative artist leaders of color to leverage artwork for these essential conversations. We even offer traveling arts exhibitions for placement around inclusion topic areas!


We know this work is not easy to do, and we know it can’t be done alone. Correspondingly, we’re in the process of building affinity groups for communities to support one another in this endeavor. If you are interested in being part of an affinity group please join our newsletter for updates. 

If you identify as an Arts Leader of Color we also highly suggest reaching out to ArtsBoston to join their Network for Arts Administrators of Color (NAAC). 


ACI is committed to the elucidation of inequities; as well as the celebration of culture, in the contemporary art world, so that we may collectively work towards justice, access and equity. 

In the summer of 2017 ACI conducted Phase I of a baseline, mixed-methods inductive attitudinal study on the 'Cultural Equity Gap', focused on influencers who hold power in the contemporary art world, including focus groups and a national quantitative stuvey. The study was supported by the SSRC Dissertation Development Program and UMass Boston, with funds from the Andrew Mellon Foundation. 

Findings released electronically on 1/29/18, download the PDF report here. 

In the summer of 2018 ACI began Phase II of the 'Cultural Equity Gap' study, focused on the perspectives of self-identifying arts leaders of color, all of whom are part of the Network for Arts Administrators of Color, an affinity group born out of ArtsBoston. In addition to these focus groups, ACI is running a year-long Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) component with Boston high school youths. In aggregate, the focus groups and the YPAR component seek to understand what authentic leadership looks like, as well as what levers for change are, in the contemporary arts world. 

Results will be used for advocacy and awareness through publication and conference presentation, as well as for direct programmatic design and refinement.

We are also in the process of expanding and replicating study methodology in various cities nationally. If you feel this blueprint research would be supportive for your arts community ecosystem drop us a line to discuss intersection.