Solo Opera is proud to be part of the SF Bay Area - a region rich in culture and diversity: including the Latinx, Asian, Black, Indigenous, LGBTQIA+ communities, along with many others. We acknowledge that being an arts organization in this rich environment is an opportunity for us to work to address racial inequity and other injustices in our area through our policies, plans, and mission. We look forward to growing as an organization and accepting the responsibility to serve the diverse communities around us.
Solo Opera is committed to:
- Work to ensure that we do not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, disability, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, or sexual orientation/ gender identity/expression. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for our board, staff, volunteers, contractors, performers, audience, and all those in the community we serve. Our employee handbook contains this nondiscrimination, anti-racist policy, and a section on complaint procedures
- Work to increase the diversity of our Board of Directors, staff, volunteers, and audiences.
- Work to create diverse and inclusive casting and hiring.
- Work to make opera accessible to all through our outreach, concerts, and main stage productions- sharing opera with those who are financially or physically challenged. We achieve this through reasonably priced tickets; free tickets for disadvantaged and disabled, marginalized seniors and youth; free Opera in the Park concerts/ parade performances; opera to youth in the schools and seniors in retirement homes/communities.
- Work to create community partnerships with other businesses/groups in our area to further our DEI mission.
- Work to create more diverse programming- Example: The theme of our 2021 opera, “Scalia/Ginsburg”- “We are different. We are one.” -highlighted bi-partisan friendship and contained a healing message of accepting one another no matter our differences.