Following the violent murder of George Floyd in June 2020, MCA joined with other voices in calling for an end to systemic racism in our society, and we publicly supported the Black Lives Matter movement.
In March 2021, we decry the escalating violence against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and we call for decolonization to restore cultural and economic freedoms to indigenous people.
Hate crimes and systemic racism are heartbreaking and inexcusable, but it is not enough to feel horrified without action. The list of violent acts will continue to grow unless we engage in anti-racist work to bring about change.
Recent violence and deaths, and the outcry surrounding them, have motivated all of us at 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 MCA if everyone is not afforded the opportunity and access necessary to experience it?
Intention alone is not enough.
We 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.
We are committing now to actively foster an anti-racist community at the MCA by taking the following steps: