"Black voices and Black stories have contributed to the successes of American culture. However, they have not always been celebrated, they have been appropriated, minimized and silenced. Omaha Performing Arts stands in solidarity with its Black artists. Throughout our 2020/2021 season we will highlight, educate and engage local and national artists. Our goal is to promote equity and inclusion through the performing arts." - Gennean Scott, VP of Human Capital and Inclusion
For more than five years O-pa has undertaken numerous programs and activities designed to create a more diverse environment and foster an inclusive culture. We created and continue to update an IDEA strategic plan, focusing on both internal and external actions to benefit our workforce, patrons, artists and people throughout the communities we serve. Initiated in 2017 with a mission to build and leverage a diverse, equitable and inclusive workforce and workplace, here is a brief overview highlighting key initiatives bringing IDEA to life every day in our organization:
Full IDEA Summary 2021
The HRAM (Human Resource Association of the Midlands) Ideal Award for Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Advocacy, Leadership (IDEAL) recognizes Omaha companies and organizations for their diversity and inclusion initiatives, research, implementation, and successes at all levels. In 2020, O-pa was named as one of three local organizations that exemplified a dedication to diversity and inclusion efforts. The award specifically recognized O-pa’s ongoing commitment to implementing our Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility policies.