A Message

June 8, 2020
A Message from CCA Executive Director, Nicki Clarke

The Capitol Center for the Arts acknowledges and shares in the outrage over the murder of George Floyd and the many other Black, Brown and Indigenous people who, like him, have borne the brunt of brutality and systemic racism in this country.

The Capitol Center for the Arts stands in solidarity with those who live and struggle with the weight of these persistent forms of racism. At the same time, we acknowledge that we have work to do to fully commit to the values of equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility within the Capitol Center for the Arts.

The arts are a critical vehicle to make visible the stories of injustice and can inspire people to work for social justice, social change, and a racially just future. As the CCA resumes operations and programming in these traumatic times, we will look for additional opportunities to present works of art that expose, confront, and seek healing around the issue of race in America including in our own community.

Additionally, as part of a strategic planning process that the CCA board will undertake this summer, the values of equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility will take a central role in guiding how we approach future leadership, staffing, programming, and partnerships. In a beginning step towards this new future, the Governance Committee has taken up the challenge of expanding the diversity of board members that serve as the CCA’s governing body.

If you would like to participate with us on this journey or know someone who would bring knowledge, expertise, and heart to our work on these urgent topics, please send me a note. nclarke@ccanh.com

It is time for all organizations to address the legacy of racism and violence against those viewed as “other”. Let’s begin together.

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