We envision socially and racially just communities that promote strong, nurturing families and healthy child development.
Indigo Cultural Center is committed to the study of culture, the enactment of culture, the celebration of culture, and using the strength in one’s culture to promote social justice and racial equity.
Since it’s founding in 2007, Dr. Eva Marie Shivers and our team at Indigo Cultural Center have integrated the following values into everything that we do:
- Strength in Relationships – whether we are investing in human capital through strengthening our internal relationships or client relationships, Indigo recognizes the need to have strong, flexible and mutually beneficial relationships in all aspects of our work in order for relationships to work as a catalyst for change.
- Sustainability through Personal Growth – we truly benefit from using the strength of all of our team members, value individual growth and professional development, and strive to create a space that allows all voices to be heard.
- Innovation through Racial Equity and Organizational Introspection – this value speaks not only to our continuous efforts to “walk the talk” and value equity through out our own organization’s structure, it also recognizes our vision for becoming a leader in racial equity training and consultation.
Indigo’s values, and even logo, are continuously inspired by an Adinkra symbol that means “Boa Me Na Me Mmoa Wo.” This symbol has deep-seeded roots in Ghana and is traditionally seen in artwork; its meaning translates to “help me and let me help you.” As a symbol of cooperation and interdependence it is a visually appropriate representation of our organization and of our work.
Indigo Cultural Center Annual Report – 2022
From our Executive Director
“This year, Indigo Cultural Center turns 16 years old. As a developmental psychologist, I can’t help but consider Indigo through the lens of human development and to think of Indigo as my child – something I gestated and birthed when I relocated to Arizona 16 years ago. I held and nurtured almost every aspect of Indigo for a very long time, and now, with a strong leadership team in place, Indigo is thriving and flying into a bright future.
Our organization is finding its wings and its way in the world without my helicopter parenting. This theme of letting go is also present in our organizational culture. We are intentionally practicing ‘radical community care’ as inspired by the Black Liberation Movement (e.g., Rest is Resistance; The Nap Ministry).
As many of you know we believe that without “inner change there can be no outer change” (Rev. angel Kyodo williams Sensei). We are coming to a fuller and deeper understanding that our way of doing business at Indigo must parallel the social justice work we support throughout the infant and early childhood professional community. That is, in order to position ourselves as harbingers and supporters of the social justice, anti-racist movement in our field, we must “be the change.”
In this report, you will find the many voices that have nurtured the growth of Indigo to what it is today. Won’t you join us? Join as an individual or organizations authentically embracing liberatory practice. Let’s all shine together. Happy birthday, my dear, sweet Indigo. My most sincerest birthday wish is for you to continue to find your wings and fly……”