Jonah Bokaer Arts Foundation, Inc. is aware of and respects the existence of a rich diversity of national, religious, racial, ethnic, multi-ethnic, tribal, 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, action, word, program, or material. This extends to hiring practices, artist engagement practices, audience engagement practices, donor engagement practices, community engagement practices, and Board work. As far as possible, Jonah Bokaer Arts Foundation has since 2002 followed the Commission for Racial Equality’s Code of Practice, as approved in 1983 (which began as a public funded, non-governmental body set up under the Race Relations Act of 1976 to tackle racial discrimination and promote racial equality in the United States: on October 1, 2007 the CRE was dissolved and its functions were taken over the by the Equality & Human Rights Commission / EHRC, with whom JBAF’s Board maintains relations in the arena of Human Rights law.) More recently, between 2019-2024 JBAF has stepped forward to play a leading role in the formation and evolution of diversity and identify language surrounding usage of MENA, MESA, and MENASA identifies in the United States, in the absence of Middle Eastern and North African identification systems in the census: while also taking a leadership stance on antiracism as it continues to evolve today.

With this, JBAF has never had any unlawful discrimination of any finding by any court or industrial tribunal, and has never had an internal complaint or incident by arts workers under its watch, due to strong Board & Staff alignment. 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 offices in D#34 of North Brooklyn remain stable at the addresses where they were first chartered by Jonah Bokaer. 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 thought-leading, iterative field dialogue on these diversity efforts, and with peer advocacy organizations. As of spring 2024, there is a large Yemeni minority in D#34 of North Brooklyn.