WE partner with cultural organizations to support them in maximizing their performance and community relevance through access, diversity, equity, and inclusion (ADEI).
WE envision a world where anti-oppressive and people-centered cultural organizations play an active role in the creative justice of the culturally, continuously, and historically marginalized and oppressed. We define creative justice as the manifestation of all historically and continuously discriminated against, marginalized, oppressed, and subjugated peoples living creative and expressive lives on their own terms.
WE believe that discrimination, marginalization, oppression, and subjugation have negatively impacted cultural organizations’ performance and community relevance costing them millions if not billions in annual revenue. With rigorous evidence-based coaching and education, cultural organizations can transform into anti-oppressive and people-centered cultural organizations committed to creative justice.
In your exploration of these practices, you may have found a variety of ways in which people understand ADEI including diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI); diversity, inclusion, and cultural equity (DICE); diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB); diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA); equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI); inclusion, diversity, equity, access, success (IDEAS); and justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI). We use ADEI to frame creative justice issues that historically and continuously marginalized and oppressed communities experience when seeking to engage in the creative sector. Secondly, we use ADEI because we believe that the process of achieving creative justice begins with access, systematically and thoughtfully followed by diversity, equity, and then inclusion.
As a thought leader in the creative sector on access, diversity, equity, inclusion (ADEI), and creative justice, Dr. Cuyler (Kyler) (he, him, his) is a consultant, educator, and scholar. He is the author of Access, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Cultural Organizations: Insights from the Careers of Executive Opera Managers of Color in the U. S., and editor of Arts Management, Cultural Policy, & the African Diaspora. In addition, the American Journal of Arts Management, Cultural Management: Science and Education, ENCACT Journal of Cultural Management and Policy, Grantmakers in the Arts (GIA Reader), Grant Professionals Association Journal, Journal of Arts Management, Law, and Society, International Journal of Arts Management, International Journal of Social, Political and Community Agendas in the Arts, and Music Entertainment and Industry Educators Association Journal have published his peer-reviewed scholarship. He has presented research around the globe on ADEI and creative justice issues in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Canada, Cyprus, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Portugal, Scotland, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland. Currently, he serves as Professor of Music in Entrepreneurship & Leadership at the University of Michigan. He has taught students pursuing minors, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in arts administration, arts management, and performing arts management, and held faculty positions at Florida State University, Colorado State University, SUNY Purchase College, American University, and the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). He has also served as Visiting Scholar at Colorado State University, the University of Michigan, and the University of Oregon.
Cuyler Consulting, LLC is located in Tallahassee, Florida where the Apalachee and Muscogee (Creek) Nations, & Miccosukee and the Seminole Tribes of Florida stewarded the land. We pay respect to their Elders, past and present, their descendants, to the generations yet unborn, and to all Indigenous people. We cede that this land remains scarred by the histories and ongoing legacies of settler colonial violence, dispossession, and removal. In spite of this, and with tremendous resilience, these Indigenous nations have remained deeply connected to their territories, families, communities, and cultural ways of life (Dowell, 2020).