We are heartbroken and outraged by the horrific murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and so many other Black Americans. We grieve their loss and the trauma inflicted upon their families and loved ones. But it is not enough to simply feel — we must stand against systemic racism, brutality, and hate. We must stand with our communities of color, using art as a path to empathy, dialogue, and change.
This is our promise to our Black colleagues, artists, and community: we stand with you and we will use our voice to amplify yours. Allyship is not an identity — it is an action, requiring the work of constant growth and improvement. We commit ourselves to that work today and always. We promise to listen, to educate ourselves, and to change so that we help create a world that is equitable, just, and safe for all. And we encourage you, our community, to hold us accountable now and in the future.
Your voice matters. Your story matters. Your life matters. You matter.