Guiding Principles

Mission Statement
WordSpace is a non-profit literary organization that supports education and writers, connecting Dallas with the best of world literature. Founded in 1994, the organization hosts authors, readings, student workshops, concerts and salons to promote established and emerging artists who use imaginative language in traditional and experimental forms. Through diverse, multi-cultural programs, WordSpace enhances the development of language artists of all ages, facilitates communication throughout the literary community, and contributes to expanding the Dallas literary scene to the widest possible audience.

WordSpace embraces values, policies and practices that ensure that all people are represented and treated fairly in the work of our mission, places of work, and delivery of service, without regard to race, ethnicity, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, socioeconomic status, citizen status or religion. Our programs engage audiences to participate in the interconnectedness and awareness necessary to transform society through the arts. WordSpace, through its board, auxiliary board, advisory board, and programming partners, draws strength from and welcomes the engagement of diverse voices and perspectives in shaping and furthering its work.

Cultural Equity
The WordSpace mission aligns with values, policies, and practices that ensure that all people are represented in the development of arts policy; the support of artists; the nurturing of accessible, thriving venues for expression; and the fair distribution of programming, financial, and informational resources. In its internal operations and external programs, WordSpace prioritizes strategies that result in more equitable access for artists and audience that have, in the past, been systematically oppressed, leading to less opportunity for philanthropic and governmental support.

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