Vision / Mission & Diversity Statement

Prism Arts Vision
Our vision is a society where everyone can create, access, engage, experience, and participate in excellent arts practice irrespective of age, ability or health.

Prism Arts Mission
Prism Arts’ mission is to create opportunities for people and artists facing barriers to engagement in the arts because of health, age or disability; to realise their full creative potential through active participation in, and exploration of, the arts.

Artistic Statement
Our goal is to develop and create diverse artists, who discover their voice and then develop the confidence to use it.  We, as professional artists, are excited by this collaboration.  We aim to develop perseverance, resilience, critical thinking and knowledge through challenging and inspirational projects.  By taking and sharing responsibility, we develop skills, confidence and professional practice.

 Prism Arts Vision for the future of the Charity:
By 2022, Prism Arts will be a resilient organisation with a strong future. We will be recognised by our stakeholders across Cumbria and the northern region (England) as an exemplar arts organisation delivering creative excellence in support of people facing barriers to engagement or participation in the arts.


Diversity Policy Statement

Prism Arts welcomes diversity as part of our belief that “arts are for everyone”.  A better understanding of people’s differences helps us to appreciate and value everyone’s contribution, and recognise that we are all an integral and invaluable part of our Society.

Everyone has the right to be treated with consideration and respect.  Our organisation is committed to achieving a truly inclusive environment for all, by developing better working relationships that release the individual’s full potential and creativity in an atmosphere where everyone can learn and work free from prejudice, discrimination, harassment and violence.

Prism Arts aims to support and engage with individuals who have a learning or physical disability, or who are older members of our society experiencing isolation or age related and health problems.

Prism Arts aims to ensure that all staff, volunteers, partners, clients, artists and the general public are treated fairly, this is in terms of sex, sexual orientation, gender re-assignment, marital or civil partnership status, race (including colour, nationality, ethnicity, or national origin), disability, medical status, mental health, age, religion or belief, political opinion, social or economic or ex-offender status.

Prism Arts Diversity Policy

Diversity is about recognising the differences between people, celebrating those differences and utilising peoples’ individual qualities to the benefit of society as a whole.

Through its inclusive recruitment and arts practice, which promotes equal opportunities, Prism Arts will respond to issues around race, ethnicity, faith, disability, age, gender, sexuality, class and economic disadvantage and any institutional barriers that prevent people from participating in and enjoying the arts.

Prism Arts will aim to ensure that ‘diversity’ in its widest sense, is an integral part of the artistic process by endeavouring to provide participatory opportunities for:

Artists from the disabled community, different ethnic backgrounds or those who may have had limited opportunities to share their creative abilities with others because of economic or social disadvantage.

Individuals and groups who are likely to have had limited opportunity to access high quality artistic experiences because of social, physical, mental health, ethnic or economic barriers.

Prism Arts aims to:

  • Comply with the spirit of the law, rather than just meeting our statutory requirements and obligations.
  • Recognise that Society and the people with whom we engage are becoming increasingly diverse and therefore we must be relevant to all the communities that we serve.
  • Break down the barriers that may prevent access and engagement.

PA Board of Trustees has the responsibility to develop the organisational culture in which this policy can operate effectively.

Prism Arts will:

  • Ensure that all offices, venues and meeting rooms are all fully accessible both in terms of access and the facilities available.
  • Produce documents and publicity material in plain language and clear text.
  • Provide website accessibility tools to increase user access and enhance the viewing experience.
  • Provide adaptations to the working environment as appropriate for disabled employees, volunteers, service users and trustees in accordance with legislation.
  • Respect the right of staff to request leave so as to observe their religious festivals.
  • Ensure that staff, volunteers and freelance artists and board members have access to equal opportunities training.

Diversity Monitoring

To establish the diversity of our staff, Board of Trustees, volunteers, artists and service users, Prism Arts will undertake diversity monitoring in the following areas:

  • Ethnic Origin
  • Age
  • Gender
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Disability
  • Location


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