RACIAL EQUITY STATEMENT
Declaración de equidad racial
Cuicacalli’s vitality, engagement, and longevity are built on the foundations of the social and cultural diversity of the Mission District neighborhood, and remains committed to giving voice and precedence to these marginalized communities. Cuicacalli believes that by teaching through the arts, students make meaning of their current realities, and can become informed decision makers and critical thinkers who ask critical questions. As a longstanding dance and music program and a member of the 24th Street (Calle 24) Latino Cultural District, Cuicacalli understands its responsibility for promoting acceptance and awareness, and actively seeking, teaching, and collaborating with artists, leaders, and audiences of underrepresented communities. Cuicacalli staff and guest artists are fiercely committed to inclusion, changes in systemic power, and intentional celebration of our community’s artistically rich composition.
Cuicacalli continues to provide exposure, awareness, and leadership for people of color, especially within Indigenous and Latinx cultures, relevant to the community we serve. While celebrating and staging art forms from these marginalized communities we instill pride, confidence, and purpose in our students. Using dance and music as a means to develop strength, flexibility, and perseverance, our students of color equate these traits to their personal lives by becoming leaders with strong voices within their families, schools, and our community. In essence, Cuicacalli students transfer these learned skills generation to generation, creating capable agents of change for the future.
Reconocimiento de Tierras
Cuicacalli acknowledges that we are on the unceded ancestral homeland of the Ramaytush Ohlone who are the original inhabitants of the San Francisco Peninsula. As the indigenous stewards of this land and in accordance with their traditions, the Ramaytush Ohlone have never ceded, lost nor forgotten their responsibilities as the caretakers of this place, as well as for all peoples who reside in their traditional territory. As Guests, we recognize that we benefit from living and working on their traditional homeland. We wish to pay our respects by acknowledging the Ancestors and Relatives of the Ramaytush community and by affirming their sovereign rights as First Peoples.
Cuicacalli is proud to call BRAVA! Women for the Arts Theater its home for over 14 years and to share its vision of cultivating the artistic expression of women, LGBTQIA, people of color, youth, and other underrepresented voices.