Good Hart Artist Residency acknowledges the inequity that exists in art scenes and professions. We feel we must take mindful and resolute steps to help undo structural inequities that come with the territories we’ve inherited. For these reasons we try our best to extend our resources to people from communities that have been oppressed or marginalized.
We are supportive of the self-taught because we recognize that formal education may be prohibitive to many people in creative practices or from lower-income backgrounds.
We are supportive of women and equity, and recognize the struggle for those who practice in traditionally male-dominated fields.
We are supportive of LGBTQ individuals and against discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in all areas.
We are supportive of First Nations, indigenous, and native peoples. We recognize the cultural history of Native Americans and strive to further understand the local history of Native Americans in this Northwest Michigan area. We respectfully acknowledge that the Good Hart Artist Residency is located on the traditional ancestral lands of the Odawa people. The process of knowing and acknowledging the land we stand on is a way of honoring and expressing gratitude for the ancestral people who were on the land before us.
We are supportive of people of all races, ethnicities, national origins, economic statuses, and religions because we are deeply troubled by structural racism and inequality.
We are supportive of documented and undocumented immigrants and refugees because we recognize the violence of US global capitalism has marginalized many internationally, who then seek safety within US borders.
We are supportive and flexible with the needs of the disabled, because we recognize that those with disabilities are often unwelcomed, not as a reflection of their value but because of site inaccessibility.
We welcome people who are young and old, because we recognize the value of creative work during different life stages.
We hope that by committing to support these discrete categories, we’ll also be more welcoming to those that share in other identities. We recognize that there are many other identities, nuanced categories, and special areas of need, that are beyond what’s listed here. We remain open to those that we have not yet met.
Adapted and used with permission from North Mountain Residency.