We grieve for the Black, Brown, Indigenous, and other marginalized communities who have lost lives to racist violence and hatred. We support the demands for justice.

We know statements are not enough. We’ve reflected since our statement of solidarity (May 30), and understand that we, like so many other American theaters, profited from systemic racism in this country. Our privilege must be acknowledged. We must do better.

We must create a culture of racial equity across all areas of our organization. This is not a quick fix. American Blues Theater commits to these lifelong pursuits:

–to produce and amplify more voices from Black artists and artists of color in our mainstage programming.

–to increase representation in governance; to hire more Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) and other marginalized communities in staff and artistic positions.

–to further invest in our community service and arts education in underserved populations.

–to deepen our public discussions and forums, providing pathways and opportunities for change.

–to educate and train the American Blues Theater family in becoming an actively anti-racist organization.

–to provide space and care for our Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) and other marginalized artists and patrons.

–to undergo an annual, organizational audit by third-party anti-racism professionals to hold ourselves accountable.

We make these commitments to you and ourselves. We are dedicated to become an actively anti-racist organization. All action items will be specific, measurable, and timely to align with our promises, values, and mission.

American Blues Theater stands in solidarity against racism and hate.

Watch the Arts Alliance Illinois webinar “Arts and Culture as Part of the Solution: Intro to Systemic Racism”.

Learn more through the Obama Foundation – Anguish & Action.

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