Dear ArtSpace Community,
At this critical time in our history, we are compelled to speak out. We are incensed by the murder of George Floyd and the systemic racism that led to his death. These outrageous actions have galvanized citizens across the country, who now protest not only for Mr. Floyd, but against the killing of many other unarmed Black people and the brutal treatment of people of color.
We condemn the unchecked violence perpetrated on communities of color. We believe that not “All Lives Matter” until “Black Lives Matter.” This is not a political statement. It is a statement of human rights and an acknowledgement that we all share the responsibility to be actively anti-racist. This responsibility is key to ArtSpace’s mission, vision, and the Four Pillars we uphold with students.
A statement, without action, is insufficient. In the days, months, and years to come, we are committed to doing our part to eliminate racist, anti-Black practices in education. ArtSpace will engage in the necessary work of examining our policies to ensure Black students are equitably served by our programs, intentionally removing barriers to accessibility for our students of color. We will invest in multidimensional, sustained professional learning experiences for teachers, staff, and administrators. For our school community, we have a renewed dedication to empowering our students with knowledge and critical thinking skills so they, as young leaders and citizens, are prepared to engage in critical discourse to make real, lasting change.
We urge you to stay connected in this movement towards a more just society. Stand by people of color, listen, read, and reflect. Let us know what you need of us. We are committed to the work.
PACE Board of Directors