621 Gallery exists to expose the creative process, to platform significant conversations around our diverse communities and support artists careers. 621 Gallery is connecting our audience to shifting cultural landscapes and meaningful ideas to empower.
We believe that artists are essential to the fabric of a community. We strive to steward, develop, and support their ideas as facilitators of examination, stimulation, and provocation.
We believe in a community of individuals who have needs and rights and we realize their worth and agency within a greater context.
We believe that we are filling a need; by mediating conversation and empowering communities to grow.
We believe in bringing meaningful programming into the Capital, by broadening audiences exposure to new ideas and artists.
We believe in transparency of governance which does not discriminate but instead creates understanding.
SAFER SPACE POLICY
621 Gallery’s safer space policy is intended to help 621 Gallery be a supportive, non threatening environment for all who participate. We want this place to be welcoming and engaging, and we encourage everyone – visitors, event presenters, volunteers and collective members – to be proactive in creating an atmosphere where the safety of others is validated. In this spirit, we are survivor centric and survivor oriented, and violence, abuse, sexual assault and discrimination will not be tolerated.
Everyone entering 621 Gallery is asked to be aware of their language and behavior, and to think about whether it might be harmful to others. We define oppressive behavior as any conduct that demeans, marginalizes, rejects, threatens or harms anyone on the basis of ability, age, cultural background, education, ethnicity, gender, immigration status, language, nationality, physical appearance, race, religion, self-expression, sexual orientation, species, status as a parent or other such factors.
By entering 621 Gallery, and/or participating in 621’s events and activities, you agree to abide by the following guidelines:
Respect peoples’ opinions, beliefs, experiences and differing points of view.
Respect everyone’s identity and background, including pronouns and names. Do not assume anyone’s gender identity, sexual preference, survivor status, economic status, background, health, etc.
Respect everyone’s physical and emotional boundaries. Check in before discussing topics that may be triggering (e.g. sexual abuse, physical violence or encounters with police), and use trigger warning during presentations and events. Physical and/or verbal threats will not be tolerated at 621 under any circumstances. Disruptive individuals may be asked to leave the space.
Be responsible for your own actions; be aware that your actions have an effect on others, despite what your intentions may be. Listen and change your behavior if someone tells you that you are making them uncomfortable.
Be aware of your prejudices and privileges and the space you take up at 621.
Alcohol is permitted only during pre approved special events, and we request that it be used with moderation at those times.
The collective members and staffers at 621 Gallery are empowered to enforce these rules. If you cannot abide by the guidelines mentioned above, 621 Gallery reserves the right to ask you to leave.
If you experience harassment, abuse, or sexual assault, or if a perpetrator of sexual violence is interfering with your participation or presence at an event or in a space, please approach a 621 collective member or staffer whom you feel comfortable talking to in person or via email. They are here to help with any conflicts arising from the violation of our policies.