The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra has formed a Diversity Council as part of its community engagement program.
The council’s five goals are to feature artists of color in annual concert offerings; create programs tied to community events and history particularly relevant to diverse audiences; establish partnerships with diverse organizations, and to collaborate with them on programs; to support music education in underserved areas; and to seek diversity at all levels of the organization, including the board of trustees, staff, volunteers and the orchestra itself.
The council will be co-chaired by Otis Glover of Buffalo Employment and Training Center, and Rev. Melody Rutherford of Cheektowaga Baptist Church and Roswell Park Cancer Institute.
The BPO’s board also voted to sign Mayor Byron Brown’s Opportunity Pledge.