As a majority white institution we’ve benefited and continue to benefit from the structures created by white supremacy. We commit to creating space for meaningful conversations about undoing racism with our staff and our community members, and embedding our core value of access into everything that we do. We must do the important work of educating ourselves, being accountable, and keeping an open dialogue about the systemic racism in the dance community and beyond.
We have taken first steps to create and maintain an open forum within our organization for undoing racism and have made room for some challenging but important conversations. We will prioritize this work and continue to invest in it. We are building a plan of action — accountable action, beyond these words. There will be workshops, trainings, and experts to guide change at all levels of the organization.
As we look at ways we can support the Black community beyond our organization, we have compiled a short list of resources that includes local and national organizations doing important advocacy and activist work to undo racism. Additionally, we want to do our part to amplify Black voices within our own dance and arts community. If you’re looking for organizations to support, please consider these groups:
These are Black-led or Black-founded organizations in our community.
Books and articles about Recognizing Systemic Racism in Dance by Alicia Mullikin