The time is now.

We at Mid-America Arts Alliance stand today and every day with the Black communities that span this nation. We speak out against racism and acknowledge our responsibility to be a part of the solution.

We are committed to recognizing our own privileges while helping to fight injustice and create equitable spaces and opportunities for the Black artists, arts administrators, and arts and cultural organizations we serve. We mourn with the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Nina Pop, Tony McDade, Botham Jean, and the countless others whose lives have been ended tragically. 

Mid-America Arts Alliance believes that the freedom of cultural and creative expression is fundamental to humanity. The arts and humanities encourage empathy and further the understanding of diverse cultures and traditions. We are committed to equitable policies, inclusive practices, and celebration of the rich diversity of our region. These ideas are among the values of Mid-America Arts Alliance, and they permeate our service to the region.

If you are looking for a resource to help you engage in conversations about race, the National Museum of African American History and Culture’s Talking about Race project is an excellent place to start. It offers more than 100 multimedia tools, including videos, scholarly articles, and exercises to help educators, parents, and others develop the language to have productive conversations about race.

We acknowledge the tremendous work ahead in eliminating systemic racism and how the arts have a fundamental responsibility and opportunity to bring change. Mid-America Arts Alliance is committed to fighting inequity across our region and action to be the change our country needs.

The time is now.