Like so many, we are struggling to comprehend the tragic death of George Floyd (preceded by the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and so many others), and what we’ve seen across the country over the past week. In a world already complicated by the devastating impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic which has disproportionately affected communities of color, Morris Arts reaffirms our commitment opposing racism, inequality and discrimination of any kind. We write to express solidarity with the African American community and with all those who peacefully raise their voices in protest to advocate for justice and equal rights.
We at Morris Arts are here to continue fostering healing and to promote diversity, inclusion and tolerance through the arts. We remain committed to engaging diverse artists and audiences to ensure that community building through the arts impacts everyone in our community and is inclusive to all.
The arts make life richer and more connected especially now when people feel isolated and more alone than ever before. The arts help us better understand and truly “see” each other and encourage constructive dialogue and important conversations.
Morris Arts continues to stand for equal rights for everyone, regardless of race, religion or background. In times of crisis and always, we are here to help build community though the arts.
Tara Skirzenski Tom Werder
Executive Director President, Board of Trustees