“Not everything that is faced can be changed,
but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” - James Baldwin
These are only some of the latest additions to the long list of names of Black people who have been murdered, as the impact of systemic racism continues to plague our society. It is heartbreaking and inexcusable, but it is not enough to feel horrified without action. This list of names will continue to grow unless we engage in anti-racist work to bring about change.
These deaths, and the outcry surrounding them, have motivated all of us at the MCA to take a moment to reflect on our practices and ask how we are each individually part of the problem, and how we as an organization can be part of the change. What good is providing the supportive arts environment we strive to create at the MCA if everyone is not afforded the opportunity and access necessary to experience it?
It has become apparent that intention is not enough.
We all have plenty of work to do.
We acknowledge that acts of racism can be unconscious and unintentional. That racism is systemic and deep rooted. That the status quo is unacceptable.
We are committed to examining our organization for faults in our own systems, and challenge ourselves, and our community, to have the hard conversations, ask the uncomfortable questions, listen and share the messages that deserve amplification, and to do our share of the work the world so very much needs right now.
How can we support the Black Community?
How can we lift up Black voices? Black artists? Black lives?
We are committing now to actively foster an anti-racist community at the MCA by taking the following steps:
Because Black Lives do Matter.
We're listening. We are committed to do the work.