Rogue Valley Symphony

Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, & Accessibility Statement

How the Rogue Valley Symphony Defines IDEA:
Inclusion: The policy and practice of including and integrating all people and groups in organizations, especially those who are disadvantaged, have suffered discrimination, or are living with disabilities.
Diversity: The policy and practice of including or involving people from a range of different social and ethnic backgrounds and of different genders, sexual orientations, etc.
Equity: The policy and practice of accounting for the differences in each individual’s starting point when pursuing a goal or achievement, and working to remove barriers to equal opportunity, as by providing support based on the unique needs of individual musicians or staff.
Accessibility: The policy and practice of affording those with difficulties or disabilities the same opportunities to acquire the same information, enjoy the same experiences, and receive the same services as those without difficulties or disabilities.

Our Active Commitment to IDEA:
In policy and practice, Rogue Valley Symphony is endeavoring to create a culture that allows all voices to be heard, that represents the vastness of our community (including audience, partners, soloists, and our three home cities & beyond) from the board level, through the staff, and in our musicians on stage. We acknowledge that especially in the classical music industry, systematic racism, ableism, and classism have prevented many aspiring musicians from getting to the stage. Our primary goal is to create not only an organization but a performance experience that represents and is accessible to individuals with radically different lived experiences, histories, and identities through thoughtful compassion, respect, and communication.

Land Acknowledgement

We acknowledge that the Rogue Valley Symphony operates on lands stewarded by the Shasta, Takelma, Modoc, Latgawa, and Tolowa Dee-ni’ peoples since time immemorial. At the end of the Rogue River Wars in 1856, the peoples of western Oregon, southwest Washington, and northern California were forcibly removed to the Siletz Reservation and the Grand Ronde Reservation. Most of the living descendants of these peoples are now citizens of The Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Indians, The Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, or The Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde, and work to this day to revive their cultures and communities taken by colonialism.

We call on our audience to learn about the land on whose you reside and if you are a large landowner, consider what you can do to give back to and support those whose ancestors stewarded the land prior to colonialism. Use the list below to learn more about these nations and how you can help.

The Rogue Valley Symphony hopes to partner further with the original stewards of the land we use to uplift their voices. Help us by donating directly to the nations via their websites, buying from Native artisans, and learning history through the eyes of those who were here before you.

Ashland – SOU Music Recital Hall:
https://www.ctsi.nsn.us/
https://www.grandronde.org/history-culture/
https://modocnation.com/
https://www.cowcreek-nsn.gov/
https://www.shastaindiannation.org/

Medford – The Craterian Theater:
https://www.ctsi.nsn.us/
https://www.grandronde.org/history-culture/
https://modocnation.com/
https://www.cowcreek-nsn.gov/
https://www.shastaindiannation.org/

Grants Pass – Grants Pass Performing Arts Center:
https://www.ctsi.nsn.us/
https://www.grandronde.org/history-culture/
https://modocnation.com/
https://www.tolowa-nsn.gov/ htps://www.cowcreek-nsn.gov/

Live outside of these areas and want to learn who originally stewarded your land? Type your address into the search field on the left side of this map: Native-land.ca

Learn more about the Rogue River Wars here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rogue_River_Wars