HOME is where the HEART is.

Chesterfield's Premier Center
for the Arts & Education


The Perkinson Center changes lives for the better by bringing cultural arts and community together.

We accomplish this by: 

  • partnering with the communities we serve

  • presenting and supporting diverse artists and performers 

  • creating an inclusive center for education, community events, and art discovery 

  • offering accessible, equitable and affordable programming

  • and giving you a place where you feel at Home. 

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All Hands In

The Perkinson Center for the Arts & Education commits to a diverse and inclusive practice that is intentional and welcoming, especially for those most impacted by structural racism, to move toward systems that benefit us all. We also acknowledge that we are on Indigenous land, the traditional territories of the Arrohatec people.

As a new organization, we get the opportunity to structure our business, programming, and interactions with all members of our community to be inclusive, equitable, and diverse. We envision a community of people whose success, health, and safety are not predetermined by socioeconomic status, race, gender, age, or sexual orientation.

We believe the Arts are leaders in positive change and we accept this responsibility with great honor. To eliminate the inequities of historically marginalized groups we embrace our responsibility to keep learning and evolving and challenge everyone to do the same.

We all commit to advancing racial and cultural equity and inclusion now and, in the future, to address other disadvantages or forms of inequality. To fulfill our Mission, our commitment means including, serving, resourcing, and validating our underserved communities.  

Everyone deserves equal access to a full, vibrant creative life, which is essential to a healthy society. To create that, we must all hold ourselves accountable, because acknowledging and challenging our inequities and working in partnership is how we will make positive change happen.  

We are addressing and working to ensure intentional programs, policies and practices by:

  • Committing time and resources to expand more diverse leadership within our board, staff, and advisory bodies

  • Being transparent about our work and decisions

  • Continuing regular meetings of our Equity and Inclusion Committee

  • Implementing an Equity Lens as a tool for decision making in areas such as hiring, theater and gallery planning, and program development

  • Revising this Equity Statement on an ongoing basis


Through our practice, we will all get to harness diversity through the richness of ideas, backgrounds, and perspectives and create a Home where each person is authentically valued, respected, and loved.


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