What We Believe

Our mission

Level Ground seeks to provoke empathy among divisive cultural narratives through art’s ability to expand our understanding of each other. Our programs present the work of underrepresented artists and encourage critical dialogue through interactive experiences, panel discussions, and informal conversations.

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Consider everything an experiment.
— Sister Corita Kent

Our vision

Level Ground seeks to provoke empathy among divisive cultural narratives through art’s ability to expand our understanding of each other. We present the work of underrepresented artists and engage new and unexpected audiences with innovative and challenging art. Our immersive programs encourage transformative interaction with the work, the artists, and other audience members.  

What we do

Level Ground believes cultural equity begins when we open ourselves to the perspectives of those we define as other. We celebrate artists with strong, personal perspectives from diverse communities who are underrepresented in the arts and also mainstream political and social arenas. This includes racially, ethnically, and gender diverse artists as well as artists who challenge audiences in other ways – from those who address issues ranging from body prejudice to repurposing military technology.

Our approach embraces the fact that transformation often begins with discomfort. Fear and unfamiliarity increase mistrust, prejudice, and even violence. By supporting artistic exploration that encourages dialogue instead of division, we are better able to relate to people who are different and can make the world safer for all of us.

  • We build creative collaborations based on equitable access to resources, participation, and influence.

  • We support artistic experimentation by protecting space to see differently and create what hasn’t been tried before (and might not even work).

  • We provoke empathy by being open to the discomfort of seeing things not from our own point of view. 

  • We foster conversation, especially between people who wouldn’t otherwise connect with each other.

  • We cultivate diverse relationships because social progress is realized when we’re actually friends with people who are different from us.