Jonah Bokaer Arts Foundation, Inc. is aware of and respects the existence of a rich diversity of national, religious and cultural traditions within our global society.

In our role as a cultural organization, Jonah Bokaer Arts Foundation ensures that it will not deliberately or consciously discriminate against any groups of people by choice of material. As far as possible, Jonah Bokaer Arts Foundation follows the Commission for Racial Equality’s Code of Practice, as approved in 1983.

Jonah Bokaer Arts Foundation has never had any unlawful discrimination of any finding by any court or industrial tribunal. The Company is committed to providing a working environment in which employees are able to realize their full potential and to contribute to its business success irrespective of their gender, race, disability, sexual orientation, religion or belief. This is a key employment value to which all employees are expected to give their support. In order to create conditions in which this goal can be realized, the Company is committed to identifying and eliminating unlawful discriminatory practices, procedures and attitudes throughout the Company. The Company expects the employees to support this commitment and to assist in its realization in all possible ways. Specifically, the Company aims to ensure that no employee or candidate is subject to unlawful discrimination, either directly or indirectly, on the grounds of gender, race, (including color, nationality or ethnic origin), sexual orientation, religion, belief, or disability. This commitment applies to all aspects of employment, including:

• Recruitment, selection, ads, job descriptions, interview and review procedures;
• Training, promotion and career development opportunities;
• Terms and conditions of employment;
• Access to employment benefits and facilities;
• Grievance handling and the application of disciplinary procedures; and
• Selection for redundancy.

Equal Opportunities practice is developing constantly as social attitudes and legislation change. The Company will keep its policies under review, and will implement changes where these could improve equality of opportunity. This commitment applies to all the Company’s employment policies and procedures, not just those specifically connected with Equal Opportunities.

Jonah Bokaer was born to Middle Eastern and American parents in New York. His father and family were indigenous North Africans who lived through the German occupation of the protectorate of Tunisia; were mid-twentieth century refugees; survived a Displaced Persons Camp in Europe in the 1950s, and emigrated to the United States to self-start an education, and begin a family. Jonah Bokaer is a 1st generation artist born in the U.S., and a devoted nonprofit leader since 2002. With this in mind, diversity concerns for our organization include the history of Middle East & North Africa (newly coined MENA after the revolutions of 2011), but also address diversity concerns more broadly in the United States today: every level of our Board, Staff, and Leadership exhibit exemplary diversity, attracting support of the President of the Ford Foundation, 2013-2018.

Our main office in Bushwick is in fact a largely Ecuadorian community; our program CPR – Center for Performance Research in Williamsburg is in fact a largely Hispanic and Italian community. Our founder establishing 2 community centers in these neighborhoods is one example of diversity strengthening our nonprofit work, and mission.

Our organization respectfully submits the observation that Middle Eastern descent is absent from most options to self-identify in the Census; in Nonprofit Work; and for many Institutional Funders. We are involved with some thought-leading on these diversity efforts, and with peer advocacy organizations.