Equity and Inclusion at CMCB

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Equity and Inclusion at CMCB


At CMCB, we recognize that we are on the unceded territory of the Massachusett, Nipmuc, and Mashpee Wampanoag People, and we pay respects to their elders past and present. We also acknowledge the truth of violence perpetuated in the name of this country. Please take a moment to consider the many legacies of displacement, migration, and settlement that bring us together here today. We make this acknowledgement as a step towards dismantling the legacy of settler colonialism and with a commitment to social justice.


The Community Music Center of Boston (CMCB) was established in 1910 in the settlement house tradition, founded to promote unity and equity in access to music education across greater Boston.

Today, more than a century later, that original mission continues to flourish through the availability of music learning and enrichment to all citizens of greater Boston.

Through ongoing and intentional effort we seek to build an inclusive and diverse community that includes students, families and caregivers, faculty, staff, audiences, donors, and board and corporation members.

CMCB welcomes, includes, and values all voices. These voices will continue to include those from different races, ethnicities, sexual orientation, gender, abilities, faiths, nationality, age, and socioeconomic status.

We commit to:

  • Program offerings reflective of the interests of our various communities
  • Curricula that support the neurodiversity of our community
  • Resources invested equitably among different partnerships, reflecting the diversity of our communities
  • Expanded access to music learning and enrichment within and across greater Boston neighborhoods
  • Assembling/creating/recruiting from a diverse slate of candidates for staff, faculty, corporation, and board member positions.
  • Ongoing community conversations to inform our priorities
  • Provide for the related evolving educational needs of our communities
  • Create physical spaces that welcome, include and ensure safety for all
  • Implement feedback mechanisms which drive continuous improvement
  • Employment and teaching practices that minimize the impact of implicit bias
On February 5, 2020, CMCB had its first Community Conversation event. Executive Director Lecolion Washington presented on equity in the arts. The Community Conversations series was developed as a series of workshops with CMCB staff seeking to engage others in dialogue about important issues in arts education. Visit our Videos page for more of our videos.