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INCLUSION

At the Duke Energy Center for the Arts - Mahaffey Theater and the Bill Edwards Foundation for the Arts, we believe that diversity, equity, and inclusion are the cornerstones of our mission to educate, engage, and entertain our community through the performing arts. We celebrate the rich tapestry of cultures, backgrounds, and perspectives by featuring diverse artists, shows, and performances, from international touring acts to local talents. We are committed to ensuring that all individuals, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, or socioeconomic status, have access to the arts by actively removing barriers and creating opportunities for underrepresented groups. Our building is accessible and equipped with all necessary safety requirements, promoting a safe and welcoming environment for both our audience and performers. Through our community outreach, active board committees, and dedicated volunteers, we continually gather feedback during events and collaborate with staff to make meaningful improvements. By fostering a culture of belonging and empowerment, we aim to create a more vibrant, inclusive, and engaged community, to "Keep Performing Arts in Our Hearts."

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Our theater provides a safe place for all students to learn in a professional environment.

Sign Language Interpreters, enhanced headphones and special needs seating is available upon request.

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