di Rosa is located in the Carneros region of Napa County, between the cities of Napa and Sonoma. As a center for contemporary art located in an agrarian area that has myriad socio-economic and socio-cultural inequities on display— from housing to labor to food and transportation— di Rosa understands its essential responsibility to create a diverse, equitable, accessible, and inclusive organization for all communities.
di Rosa is unified in the belief that Black Lives Matter and that we must make internal and visible changes to address the systemic racism that is knitted into the fabric of our society. We acknowledge the role that this organization has taken in shepherding a collection of artwork by predominantly White male artists. We recognize that the choices we make in displaying or teaching about the collection or our rotating exhibitions bear resonance with and witness to the narrative of Northern California art. We also recognize the impact that our exhibitions and educational programs can have on the communities we serve. We understand the responsibility set before us as a cultural institution and commit to taking the following steps toward racial justice, inclusion and equity:
To closely examine our collection selections for exhibit and include Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC collection artists in exhibitions.
To highlight BIPOC artists in di Rosa’s temporary rotating exhibitions of contemporary art, and invite BIPOC artists to engage with di Rosa’s permanent collection.
To provide Spanish bilingual materials to support our Latinx community members including outdoor artwork labels, educational materials, and classes.
- To encourage and hire diverse applicants at all levels within the organization.
- To carefully consider our practices and biases so that we may be more just, inclusive, accessible, and equitable through ongoing DEAI trainings with di Rosa’s volunteers, staff, and Board of Directors.
- To develop a land acknowledgement in partnership and consultation with the indigenous peoples on whose native land di Rosa sits.