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WORDS FROM THE DIRECTOR

From Literary Arts’ 2021/22 Annual Report

Dear Friends, 

I am so grateful to you all for being a part of Literary Arts this year. Your support and participation, whether in-person or online, helped us all feel in community at a time when we most needed it. I hope you found joy in our work, or perhaps some respite or solace. I hope you made a new connection with someone, or discovered a new writer, or a story of your own. As we continue to emerge from two years of isolation and shuttered theaters, classrooms, and concert halls, witnessing art and hearing deeply human stories, together once more, is essential for our collective connection and healing. 

In this report, you will find details on our programmatic reach and information about the people and organizations who generously fund our work. New this year is how we are calling out our commitment to equity in each aspect of our mission. Over a decade ago, Literary Arts dedicated itself to becoming a more inclusive organization. Since then, we have approached that work with structure and discipline, and applied an equity lens to every program and administrative function. To hold ourselves accountable, we measure these efforts with 17 different metrics in addition to surveys and community feedback both formal and informal. In the last several years, we have begun to see lasting progress in several areas, and plan to begin communicating these outcomes more publicly. We share this progress with humility and in full knowledge that we still have much work to do and the work of becoming more inclusive will always be an ongoing effort. 

As always, we encourage you to reach out anytime with your thoughts, reflections, comments, and questions. 


In gratitude,
Andrew Proctor
Executive Director
Literary Arts

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