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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the Kimmel Cultural Campus


The diversity of our region is our strength and Kimmel Cultural Campus (KCC) is dedicated to nurturing a diverse and inclusive Cultural Campus that reflects our commitment to fostering an environment where everyone feels welcome and valued onstage and off.

Our Efforts In Action

Education (Serving the region's Title 1 school)

Children surround Laurin Talese

This hands-on program links jazz to Black History in Pennsylvania and beyond with activities both in schools and on the Kimmel Cultural Campus.

little girl dancing

Kindergarten students learn to bop and swing when Kimmel Cultural Campus Teaching Artists visit their classrooms weekly.

Kids playing instruments

Neighborhood Jams
The Kimmel Cultural Campus goes into communities to give students interested in jazz music access to instruments and instruction directly at neighborhood sites.

Kids perform on stage

All of the Kimmel Cultural Campus Education programs are free, including the Musical Teater summer camp, eliminating that barrer to enable access for all.

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Diverse Teaching Artists

Pipeline and Talent Development

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Kimmel Coffee Talk
Quarterly events free to the arts and cultural community featuring guest speakers and lively panels about DEI in action

Braodway League Fellow

The Broadway League Diversity & Inclusion Fellowship
This program seeks to develop underrepresented young professionals who aspire to careers in this industry. This is a paid position, thanks to the generosity of the Broadway League.

Drecel University Lenfest Center for Cultural Partnerships

Diversity Equity and Inclusion pilot Co-op program
In partnership with Drexel's Lenfest Center for Cultural Partnerships.

Urban Legue of Philadelphia and Cheyney University

Urban League of Philadelphia and Cheyney University's Fellowship
New this year!


The five-year DEI plan below outlines tactics and opportunities that will help KCC better reflect the broad and diverse population it serves, specifically focusing its first five years of the plan on identified areas of deficiency. Through the incorporation of these initiatives within the strategic plan, KCC will purposefully move activity from being seized “opportunities” into being planned “strategies.”

KCC’s Board of Directors and DEI Advisory Committee – composed of experts in the field of DEI – will advise, influence, and monitor success of the plan.


✔ Increase Leadership, Staff, Audience, and Vendor cultural affiliation to 24% African American, 8% Hispanic, 6% Asian, and 52% Women to better match the region's population makeup.

✔ With regards to staff cultural affiliation, give particular attention and focus to:
     - Administrative areas
     - Management positions
     - Executive level positions
, where diversity is currently most deficient

✔ Complete a national Accessibility benchmark study of industry leaders that will inform the development of a plan for the organization.


✔ Board of Director's Cultural Diversity
✔ Staff Cultural Diversity (Emphasis on management)
✔ Audience Cultural Diversity through programming and diversified marketing/outreach/partnerships
✔ Vendor Cultural Diversity

Our Efforts In Action

Community Events and Programs

Latina dancers perform in colorful dresses

Songs You Left Behind
This free, annual celebration features the Hispanic and Latin voices of Philadelphia and invites them to tell their story of what they've left behind and still carry with them through song.

A man sings on stage with a choir and piano player in the background

A Soulful Christmas
Featuring more than 700 Philadelphia choristers, this communal gathering celebrates the holidays through song.

Overhead view of the Vision 2020 Seat at the Table exhibit in the Kimmel Center Plaza

Vision 2020
'Seat at the Table' Interactive Exhibition

Community Partnerships

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Taller Puertorriqueño
Taller is a fellow non-profit that seeks to preserve, develop, and promote Puerto Rican arts and culture. The partnership allows us to join forces with an organization that shares our values and is similarly dedicated to shape young minds through the arts.

Artist performs at Rec Philly

REC Philly
We partnered with REC Philly on their Live at REC video series. REC Philly is a place for creators and the Kimmel Cultural Campus is dedicated to supporting local artists.

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LGBTQ State of Affairs
The Kimmel Cultural Campus partnered with Amber Hikes, former Executive Director of the City of Philadelphia's Office of LGBTQ Affairs, to give a platform for the inaugural LGBTQ State of the Union in 2018.

WURD Radio
As a partner to Pennsylvania's only Black-owned talk radio station, the Kimmel Cultural Campus works to integrate programming, events, and discussions founded on empowerment, community & elightened conversation.

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Mexican Cultural Center
The Kimmel Cultural Campus collaborates with the Mexican Cultural Center to produce unique programs and experiences, including Three Kings Day, where hundreds gather to celebrate the Hispanic holiday tradition.

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Hosted the Links Regional Founders Day


✔ Recruitment and hiring overhaul
✔ Annual anti-racist training
✔ Fellowship piloted in partnership with Broadway League
✔ Partnership events growth
✔ DEI Employee Resource Group established
✔ Kimmel team serving as leaders on local and national task forces and panels in the area of DEI


✔ Re-evaluation of intentional language on job descriptions
✔ Intentionally post listings in diverse publications, websites, and professional associations like Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, etc...
✔ Blind pool selection
✔ HR to ensure initial candidate pool has diverse representation
✔ HR to prep hiring managers with recommended questions, as well as "do not ask" questions.
✔ Committee-based hiring for Director-level and above
✔ Metrics for position needs and strengths recommendations provided for more scientific grading of candidates and less "gut-based" selection

Our Efforts In Action

Programming and Artists

Black Violin

The Kingdom Choir

Hip Hop Nutcracker

Django Festival AllStars

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater



Gregory Porter

Taj Express

John Leguizamo

Hip Hop Fundamentals


✔ Refine procurement tracking process
✔ Stronger engagement and autonomy for ERG
✔ Develop a more inclusive culture for employees to feel valued and psychologically safe bringing their full selves to work
✔ Develop more opportunities for staff growth towards retention of diverse talent
✔ Incorporate annual anti-racist training to be embraced within GRaCE training and expand in partnership with Resident Companies
✔ Improved engagement with CBA groups
✔ Growth of partnerships with BIPOC-owned companies and organizations
✔ Plaza engagement events

DEI Advisory Committee

Formed in May of 2017, this advisory committee is comprised of experts in the field of diversity, inclusion, and equity. This committee is also comprised of staff and Kimmel Cultural Campus Board members who all share the goal of formalizing a commitment to:

  • Presenting diverse programming
  • Supporting artists of color
  • Engaging with every part of the Philadelpha region in a meaningful way

DEI Staff Committee Members

Crystal Brewe

D&I Committee Chair,

SVP of Strategic Marketing & Communications
Ed Cambron

Executive Vice President and COO

John Charles

Director of Campus Experience

Derrick Johnson

Event Services Manager

Hazel Mack

Payroll Manager

Leslie Patterson-Tyler

Senior Director of Media Relations & Communications

Susan Nicodemus Quinn

Senior Director of Education & Community Engagement

Ross Richards

SVP of Facilities and Operations

Philip Sumpter

Senior Proram Manager for Community Engagement

Founding DEI Advisory Committee Members

Sulaiman Rahman (Chairman)

Founder & CEO | DiverseForce

*KCI Board Member
John Clayton

Director, Diversity Inclusion & Workforce Initiatives | Independence Blue Cross

Lisa Crutchfield

Former SVP, Advocacy and Public Affairs | Chamber of Commerce

Michael Days

Former VP of Diversity & Inclusion | Philadelphia Media Network

Greg DeShields

Executive Director | Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau PHL Diversity

Virginia Essandoh

Chief Diversity Officer | Ballard Spahr

Kya Hertz

Assistant Director | Penn Medicine Office of Inclusion & Diversity and Equity

Eve Higginbotham

Vice Dean for Inclusion & Diversity | Penn Medicine

Philip Jaurigue

Chairman and CEO | Sabre Systems

*KCI Board Member
Kelly Lee

Chief Cultural Officer & Executive Director | City of Philadelphia

Celena Morrison

Executive Director | Mayor's Office of LGBTQ Affairs

Elizabeth Murphy

SVP of Regulatory and External Affairs | PECO

*KCI Board Member
Michele Rovinsky Mayer

Associate VP for Equity and Title IX Officer | University of Pennsylvania

Mario Zacharjasz

Co-Founder and Principal | PZS Architects

*Former KCI Board Member


Acting Without Boundaries (AWB)
African American Chamber of Commerce
African American Museum
Al Dia Media
Arts Nova
Brazilian Day Festival
Christo Rey High School
Concilio Fes
Dixon House Community Center
Drexel/DEI Co-Op professional development program
Federation of Teachers
Feria del Barrio
Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Hispanic Choice Awards
Independence Business Alliance
Jack and Jill of America
LGBTQ Chamber
LGBTQ-Pride festival
The Links, Incorporated - Keystone Cluster
Marian Anderson Award

Mayor’s office of LGBTQ+ Affairs
Mexican Consulate
Mexican Cultural Center
Mexican Independence Day Festival
PHILADANCO! (A Kimmel Cultural Campus Resident Company)
Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists
Philadelphia Clergy
Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau
Philadelphia Latino Film Festival
Philadelphia Opportunities Industrialization Center Inc., (OIC)
PHL Diversity
Puerto Rican Day Parade
School District of Philadelphia
Sugar Cane Festival
Taller Puertorriqueño
Temple University
The Philadelphia Tribune
Urban Affairs Coalition
Urban League of Philadelphia
Visit Philadelphia and VP Hispanic Advisory Board
Warrior Writers
WURD Radio

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