More than 140 years ago, The Art Students League of New York was founded on the revolutionary idea that a fine art education should be available to anyone who walked through its doors. Today, we reaffirm that promise, with our renewed commitment to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access at The Art Students League.
The great art created within our walls has always been the product of diverse points of view, and we welcome students, instructors, visitors, and staff to The League, regardless of their gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, or ethnic, racial, or national identity. However, we recognize we have more work to do. Creating a fully diverse, inclusive, and equitable space for teaching and learning fine art is an active process that The League must commit itself to everyday. If we want to see a world without the structural racism and exclusion that has pervaded the fine arts for centuries, we must work together to help create it ourselves.
Our first step is to ensure that we are creating a culture at The League that not only represents the many diverse communities we serve, but that encourages us to expand our reach, and welcome new and different voices into the fine arts. To this end, The League is currently in the process of forming an advisory committee of instructors, students, members, staff, and representatives from the community at large to help us establish benchmarks and processes that ensure The League is doing all we can to create a more inclusive community.
We look forward to sharing more details with you soon. For any inquiries regarding Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, & Accessibility please contact our IDEA Manager, Valentine Aprile at [email protected]
The League is committed to maintaining an atmosphere free from all forms of discrimination or harassing behavior in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship programs, and other school administered programs. All students have equal access to the rights, privileges, programs, and activities made available at the League. Both League policy and law prohibit discrimination or harassment on the basis of age, race, color, disability, national origin, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, or sex. Any student who wishes to report violations of these policies should contact the executive director or the president of the Board of Control. Copies of the non-harassment policy in its entirety are available in the office.
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects people from sex discrimination in educational programs and activities at institutions that receive federal financial assistance. The Art Students League of New York (the “League”) does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity or expression, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, status as a protected veteran, disability, or age, in admission to or employment in its education programs or activities. For information, contact the League’s Title IX Coordinator: Astrid Rodriguez, 646-838-9132 or [email protected].
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