North Carolina Arts Council seeks a consultant or firm to conduct diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion audits for arts organizations

North Carolina Arts Council

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

RALEIGH, N.C. (March 17, 2021) The North Carolina Arts Council is developing a pilot program that will advance diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion (DEAI) in nonprofit arts organizations across the state. The Arts Council asks independent organizational consultants or firms with specific expertise in mitigating unconscious bias and advancing DEAI in organizations to submit their qualifications to support this pilot program.

The agency will award technical assistance grants to one or two nonprofit arts organizations that have expressed an interest in acknowledging and removing barriers to equitable access to grant funding, employment, leadership, and professional development opportunities. These nonprofits will use the technical assistance grants to conduct a DEAI audit facilitated by the consultant(s) that the Arts Council will select through this Request for Qualifications. 

Access the formal Request for Qualifications here:

Consultants are invited to submit their qualifications for this project by email to by 5 p.m. EDT on March 29, 2021. 

About the North Carolina Arts Council

Founded in 1967 with the democratic vision of “arts for all citizens,” the North Carolina Arts Council sustains and grows the arts for the benefit of North Carolinians and their communities. The Arts Council strives to deliver resources for arts development to all 100 counties of the state through programs that are fair, transparent, and accountable. The Arts Council is an agency of the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. A 24-member citizen board, appointed by the Governor, advises the Secretary of the Department on policies, programs, and research that support arts development across North Carolina. Learn more at

About the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources

The N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state's natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. NCDNCR's mission is to improve the quality of life in our state by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries and nature in North Carolina by stimulating learning, inspiring creativity, preserving the state's history, conserving the state's natural heritage, encouraging recreation and cultural tourism, and promoting economic development.

NCDNCR includes 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, two science museums, three aquariums and Jennette's Pier, 39 state parks and recreation areas, the N.C. Zoo, the nation's first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the State Archives, the N.C. Arts Council, State Preservation Office and the Office of State Archaeology, along with the Division of Land and Water Stewardship. For more information, please visit