Diversity, Equity, Inclusion


JULY 2022: DEI Assessment: How Are We Doing at Mudflat?

For current Mudflat community members: Students, Studio Artists, Faculty, Staff, and Board:


Mudflat is committed to ensuring that the studio is a space where people of all identities and abilities feel respected and valued. Together with our consulting partners at The Impact Seat, we have designed this survey to help all of us at Mudflat assess how diverse, inclusive, equitable, and welcoming we are as an organization. So, we ask you: how are you doing – how are things going for you? And what ideas do you have for widening our doors to welcome everyone, treating all who come with an inclusive and equitable approach?   

Please take 10 minutes and respond to these questions today. The survey will be open through Friday July 15 at 5 pm.


We know that this survey contains information that some will consider personal and sensitive. We want you to know that the survey and all data are in the hands of The Impact Seat alone. Results will only be shared in a summary form that completely protects individual anonymity. This is our promise to you. 

Please feel free to contact Jasmine at jasmine@impactseat.com with any questions or concerns.  






Stand With Mudflat

Mudflat stands with black communities and communities of color and all those fighting to end racism in overt and covert forms. We strive to create a welcoming environment in our studio and are proud of the inclusive and warm Mudflat community that exists. There is so much more that we must do to ensure we are truly living our values as an arts organization. We are committed to devoting the time, energy, and resources to examine our implicit biases, and to support racial justice and social equity. We commit ourselves to broadening our audience through continued outreach in East Somerville and Greater Boston, to developing programming alongside artists from marginalized communities, and to foster a space that is inclusive for all. We welcome your input and voice to work with us towards these goals.


Our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion mission:

The Mudflat Board of Directors, Staff and Faculty are committed to ensuring that the studio is a space where people of all identities and abilities feel respected and valued. In the spring of 2020, the Mudflat Board of Directors formed a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee to assess our organizational practices, identify areas for improvement, and find ways to implement new initiatives to ensure that we are living our values. The DEI committee is committed to devoting the time, energy, and resources to examine our implicit biases, and to support racial justice and social equity. 


Immediate and long term Goals from
The Mudflat Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Board Committee:

  • Recognize diversity, equity and inclusion as it connects to Mudflat’s mission. Mudflat will lead with respect and tolerance. 

  • Create a Code of Conduct to hold the Mudflat community accountable to these values. We expect everyone to embrace these values and to express them in studio interactions and through everyday practice.

  • Advocate for, support, and seek out learning opportunities at the board-level about how systemic inequities impact our organization’s work, and address it in a way that is consistent with our mission.

  • Acknowledge and dismantle any inequities within our By-Laws, programs, and services.

  • In selecting board and staff members, Mudflat will consider the barriers and factors that often stand in the way of BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and people with disabilities entering and thriving in the arts community.

  • Commit time and resources to increase diversity particularly at the leadership level within our board, staff and committees.

  • Develop a system to be more intentional and conscious of bias during the hiring, promotion, or evaluation process.

  • Expand offerings for underrepresented artists.

  • By connecting with other arts organizations committed to diversity, equity and inclusion efforts.

  • Through scholarship opportunities

  • By offering arts education through more equitable means. 

  • The DEI committee will regularly report to the Mudflat community.


2021 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Community Survey:

To build a diverse and inclusive organization, we need to understand the Mudflat experience, and that starts with understanding how people from all backgrounds feel about the current state of Mudflat’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. In April of 2021 we conducted a survey to collect data about Mudflat’s current environment. Informed by the data collected from this survey, the DEI committee and the Mudflat Board will assess its cultural competency and apply the knowledge gained to our current DEI goals. See the summary of the survey feedback from our community and actions/committments that Mudflat will take.



Members of the Mudflat Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee:

Sarah Chapman, Board Member, Studio Artist and Chair of the DEI Committee 

Lynn Gervens, Mudflat Executive Director, Studio Artist

Jenny Dworkin, Mudflat Community Outreach Coordinator

Tess Mattern, Mudflat Board Member

Kate Kuligowski, Mudflat Communications Director

Katherine Hackl, Board member and Studio Artist

Reme Gold, Board Member & Studio Artist

Michael Scanlon, Board Member

Stephanie Schorow, Board Member

New DEI Committee Members are welcome. Please contact Sarah Chapman for more information.