BLACK LIVES MATTER
June 11, 2020
Danspace Project stands in solidarity with Black Lives Matter. Danspace’s staff and community is grieving incalculable losses of BIPOC who have died at the hands of police—these deaths include Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Tony McDade, Nina Pop, Derrick Scott, and Breonna Taylor. We are grieving the violent deaths of Black transgender women, including Dominique “Rem’mie” Fells and Riah Milton. May they rest in peace.
We are enraged. We are only beginning to address institutional systems of anti-Black racism and inequity in the field of dance. We are interrogating the legacy of our historically white-led organization in order to address these questions
- What does it mean to look at finances through an anti-racist lens?
- Where will we create more communication and transparency with artists and audiences?
- What does divesting from the police look like for Danspace Project?
This is far from enough, but silence is not an option and inaction is to be complicit in the face of violence. In the spirit of community transparency and accountability, we will share more about our policies and efforts towards equity and inclusion, moving forward.