IDEAS Statement

Taliesin Preservation’s vision is to converge around architecture, nature, agriculture, and culture. We are committed to improving the inclusiveness and diversity within these disciplines, our audiences, and our teams. We acknowledge that the experiences we offer become more authentic when we embrace a variety of perspectives and ideas.

What we’ve done:

While we were anxious to leap to action, we recognized that we were all at a different point in our understanding of systemic racism, making learning and reflection the right place to start. Our year-round staff participates in Inclusivity, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Sustainability (IDEAS) conversations. The team meets for discussion and devotes time to complete assignments, including readings, exercises, videos, and exploring bias tests. Our goal is to reach a common understanding of the language and issues, come up with an organizational IDEAS commitment, and continue to develop actionable steps.

What’s next:

Our staff and departments are working on setting Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-Bound (SMART) goals related to considering IDEAS principles in their work. We continue to update our HR policies and hiring practices to be more inclusive and equitable. We are studying our history and reflecting on ways to tell our stories with more balance and acknowledgment of historical wrongs.

The process does not end here with a public statement. We are committed to continuing to cultivate a place that is rooted in equity. Change takes time and work, but it is work worth doing.

Some of our goals include (but are not limited to)

  • Include alt text on our website and image descriptions in our social media content for screen readers.
  • Focus on Universal Design Learning to accommodate learners of different backgrounds, learning styles, and abilities by identifying and promoting already existing project-based learning that fosters UDL.
  • Reach out and begin relationship-building with diverse groups for tours.
  • Include more inclusive stories and use plain, inclusive language. Try to reduce language bias in social media, blogs, website, and videos.
  • Move IDEAS group work from reflection to action.

Some of our accomplishments include

  • Make ADA upgrades to our website.
  • Identify ways how to implement more IDEAS education for seasonal staff.
  • Increase the font size on our printed communication to make them more accessible.
  • Research and prepare a presentation and raise the flag over the Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center for Juneteenth.
  • Develop the one-hour tour to be more accessible and available for people with different abilities.
  • Identify different personality types and work to improve communication and management styles to engage them better.