It has been unbearable to witness and comprehend the senseless deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd, among countless others. To our community of Black artists, colleagues, arts leaders, supporters, and audiences who endure the constant violence and systemic racism from the police, justice system, political leaders and our society as a whole, on a daily basis: We See You. We stand in solidarity with those around the country demanding justice for Black lives taken, Black futures denied, and Black voices silenced.
As we process our grief and our rage, we do our work to support artists in the hopes of a changed and better tomorrow. We believe that during times of great difficulty, the arts are all the more important. Artists are fundamental to our sense of community. They exemplify our ability to envision and create change, and to embrace all that is beautiful in our world.
We continue to work toward racial equity in our organization and programs, and through our services, because we believe equitable access to the arts is crucial to the wellbeing of our society. We see fiscal sponsorship as fundamental to creating greater equity in the arts sector, by lowering the barriers to both financial and administrative support.
The arts amplify voices that are too often suppressed by systems of exclusion, inequity, oppression and injustice. The arts unite us, while at the same time expressing distinct and unique points of view. The arts provide a shared frame of reference, while empowering the exchange of ideas and emotions. We believe in the power of the arts to help create a healthier, more equitable, safer and just society.
Collectively, we stand in solidarity with those around the country demanding change, and demanding justice.
— From all of us at Shunpike —
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