Board and Staff of Californians for the Arts
Our hearts ache. Words do not suffice.
There is no more important truth today that must be vocalized – Black Lives Matter. Neither this truth, nor this fight, are new. We stand in solidarity and in action with the communities and people of color affected by 400 years of racism, colonization and the genocide of indigenous peoples. The work is urgent – we must rebuild our country so black, indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) communities can live safely and thrive.
As a statewide advocacy organization, Californians for the Arts will address the inequities that have led to this chronic state of fear, hate and oppression. We will work to ensure that resources are directed to actions that undo years of economic, social, and cultural disparity in our state and in our country.
Our advocacy work is structured around two primary concepts.
Arts and culture practices are among the most impactful ways to effect social change, explore racial and ethnic representations, reflect a community’s history and identity, and provide an opportunity to engage diverse audiences in transformational learning.
Government must address systemic racism with improved systems, practices and new laws developed for racial equity across education, criminal justice, jobs, housing, public infrastructure and health — regardless of region.
We will continue to develop ways to use our voice, platform and resources to fight injustice.