Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter

“Not everything that is faced can be changed,

but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” James Baldwin

 

Ahmaud Arbery.

Breonna Taylor.

Tony McDade.

George Floyd.

Jacob Blake.

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:

  • We will advocate for Black authors, musicians, and artists to be more prevalent in our programming 
  • We will amplify Black voices, Black stories, Black art, and Black artists in MCA art galleries, theater, education, and music programs
  • We will be proactive in holding space for Black and other POC-led theatre groups
  • We will create initiatives to support Black and other marginalized theater artists with subsidized theater rental and productions
  • We will examine best hiring practices to make sure opportunities are accessible for BIPOC contractors, teaching artists, theater techs, and staff 
  • We will work to find and implement solutions to make our programs more accessible, affordable, welcoming, and supportive for BIPOC individuals and families
  • We will center BIPOC teaching artists and members of the larger arts community in conversations on how we can change our programming and staffing procedures to address historical inequalities
  • We will create clear guidelines and trainings for our staff, teaching artists, families, and students that are anti-racist and anti-hate, as well as centered around restorative justice
  • We will actively work against cultural appropriation, and teach the tough issues of prejudice and privilege whenever possible 

Because Black Lives do Matter. 

We're listening. We are committed to do the work.