Black Lives Matter
Like you, I watched with dismay as the news broke about George Floyd’s completely unnecessary and tragically preventable death, as well as the recent killings of Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery. There is no reason and can be no justification for the way Mr. Floyd, Ms. Taylor, and Mr. Arbery were treated.
For centuries, systemic racism has allowed Black Americans to be treated differently, and it is clear that this is no different today. Staff and Board Members of the Anton Art Center will not remain complicit while these injustices continue; racism, discrimination, and violence have no place in our society, and we will not tolerate it.
We remain committed to working with Black stakeholders, taking care to include Black women, trans people, and other members of the Black LGBTQIA community, in recreating our institutional norms to build fair representation in our programs and operations. Though we have made progress toward these goals, we recognize that it is not enough. Our pledge is to always do better, and we will not allow this responsibility to fade as headlines change or protests dwindle.
To our Black friends, members, donors, volunteers, artists, students, instructors, and community members: we see you, we hear you, and we stand with you. You are important to us and we value you. We are listening.
Black Lives Matter.
Black Voices Matter.
Black Art Matters.
President, Board of Trustees