I wanted to write to you today to share ACT’s statement on racial injustice. We will be posting this statement across our social media platforms today:
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Black lives matter, Black stories matter, Black art matters.
We stand together with the Black artists, volunteers, collaborators and creators with whom we work, and the entire Black community. We grieve the continued violence against the Black community and mourn the loss of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and Tony McDade and the many other people of color who have wrongfully lost their lives. We recognize that the Black community faces and has faced repeated injustices due to the systemic racism that permeates every aspect of our country.
As a theatre, we are in process of reflecting on the ways in which we contribute to the injustices in our community and society, and we are identifying the actions that we can take to evolve fully into an organization that truly centers diversity, inclusion, equity and kindness. Black lives matter, Black stories matter, Black art matters. We will work to be better allies.
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I want to acknowledge that this statement does not contain any specific action steps. We have serious work to do in the next days, weeks, and months to envision, create, and collaborate on a plan for which we can be held accountable. This work at ACT has already begun and is ongoing. We need to be thoughtful about this complex and complicated work, and we need to put in the time that it will take to be a truly diverse, inclusive and equitable organization.
Susan Harper, Executive Director