This is a moment.
In this moment, our hearts break for George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and countless others.
In this moment, we reflect and ask: can we call ourselves inclusive if we remain silent about the heinous injustices taking place in front of our very eyes?
The answer resounds clearly. We take this moment to declare our truth as an organization and to raise our voices against racism and white supremacy.
This is a moment of truth. We see you. We stand with you.
The Arvada Center's mission is to celebrate and elevate the human condition and to expand the cultural landscape for everyone who visits us. We believe art has the power to remind us of our common humanity, to create empathy for those different from us and find connection in the things we share. With that in mind, we hold ourselves accountable to do better, and ask our community to do the same.
We acknowledge our own responsibility and culpability within a society that is inherently inequitable, and how we ourselves have contributed to this inequity. We know that actions are more meaningful than statements.
During this time when listening is key to increasing inclusion, President and CEO Philip Sneed and the Arvada Center leadership would like to hear from you.
If you have comments, concerns, or ideas about how the Arvada Center can learn and become more inclusive, we welcome your feedback at firstname.lastname@example.org
“Amplify” gives voice to Black creatives through music, performance, dance and spoken word. Produced and curated by Betty Hart, this series invites Black creatives in our community to share work and their words capturing how they feel in this moment - their hopes, fears, anger and joy.
Watch the most recent episode of "Amplify" here:
The Arvada Center is proud to be a financial supporter of Outspoken: A Listening Project-Young Voices of BLM, a project of IDEAs (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access on Stages).
IDEAs galvanizes theater-makers in our community to take demonstrable action toward inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility. Founded in the days following the murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, IDEAs started as a grassroots initiative by Denver actor Lisa Young, and now has nearly 2,000 members. Their goals include:
- partnering teen activists with Black arts mentors to clarify and amplify the voices of the next generation,
- building the infrastructure to sustain the organizational stamina needed to make real change,
- producing work by theater artists whose lives have been woefully underrepresented and misrepresented on stage,
- and supporting theater leadership in transforming unjust and harmful systems.
Watch the last episode OUTSPOKEN: Youth Voices of the BLM today!