The Black and Ethnic Minority Arts Network (BEMA), often referred to as the ‘arts in harmony network’, has been in operation for over a decade and is the organisation for those of us who believe that art can change the world for the better.
It is an informal alliance of individual artists, arts organisations, promoters, producers and others with an interest in improving availability of quality art to the public, as well as developing cultural activity as a means of promoting tolerance, equality and education.
Though essentially a network whose main focus are those communities that have traditionally benefited least from available resources, the BEMA family is an inclusive organisation that welcomes membership from all sectors and cultural groups.
We firmly believe that it is possible and indeed essential, for diverse individual artist and groups of artists to work in harmony and to mutual benefit, regardless of social status, or of racial, ethnic or cultural background; and irrespective of artistic discipline or genre, without compromising the aspirations of one another.
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