The Folly Theater updates its Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement

The Folly Theater recognizes the importance of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. While this statement is not an end-all statement and will constantly evolve as we as an organization learn, this is a starting point for us to form actions that will encourage equity and make an impact in Kansas City.

Folly Theater’s Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Statement

The Board, Staff, and Volunteers of the Folly Theater believe in the transformative power of the arts to enrich lives and revitalize communities.

We also recognize the true value and the critical role that diversity serves in helping our theater and community thrive.

We are committed to sustaining a diverse, inclusive, and equitable space where everyone who walks through our iconic theater doors —  patrons, artists, employees, volunteers, and vendors — feels valued and respected regardless of gender, age, race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, education, or ability.

  • By reflecting the diversity of KC metro, we model diversity and inclusion for the entire arts industry of the nonprofit sector, and better serve our patrons’ and constituencies’ needs for art and culture.
  • We contribute to the revitalization of the Kansas City region through providing diverse entertainment/arts programming that respects and values diverse life experiences and heritages.
  • We are committed to using inclusive practices to attract and retain talented employees and to providing equal opportunity for development and advancement in all our departments, programs, and worksites.
  • We build a stronger theater by ensuring that all voices have an opportunity to be heard and a safe environment to share ideas.

We understand that the foundation of a vibrant, thriving arts theater and performance venue is the cross-pollination of creative/diverse programming, the cultivation of inclusive practices and strategies, and the development of a diverse team of employees and volunteers who share in these values.

We believe this is a continuous evolution as we strive to reflect and meet the needs of our patrons and our community. Our commitment to upholding these principles and strengths is interwoven within the faithful mission to preserve the true heritage and legacy of Kansas City’s oldest historic theater.