To our music family, friends, colleagues, and supporters: Amidst the disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic that has forced us to be temporarily apart, we find ourselves in yet another defining time of cultural upheaval and revolution in our country. Our hearts and thoughts are immersed in this moment of time, as we continue to reflect on the detrimental truth and consequent actions of racism, and we are determined to help perpetuate the movement of anti-racism toward a world of honesty, integrity, and courage. We all now bear witness to the atrocious behaviors inflicted on people of color, including the horrific murder of George Floyd in our very own community on May 25, 2020, and we condemn its continuation.
Artaria stands in support of all Black people, Indigenous people, and People of Color. All persons should enjoy equality, dignity, peace, and every opportunity and privilege to follow their dreams, regardless of skin color, origin, economic status, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, or religion. As we shift our actions to reflect our intention, we align ourselves with the statement of the Black Lives Matter movement and commit to “embody and practice justice, liberation, and peace in our engagements with one another.”
As performers and teachers of classical music, we acknowledge that there have been many barriers to access in the world of classical music for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color as students and audience members. As performers, we commit to bringing each of our season programs to underrepresented communities and schools. We will give voice to Black, Indigenous, and People of Color by performing their important and valuable compositions of the past, as well as commissioning new works of living composers. We will continue to offer scholarships to students in need in our chamber music school, as well as continue our partnerships with local music businesses to provide students with affordable access to instruments. Additionally, we will strive to be more inclusive in our engagement of guest artists.
As Artaria has been committed to supporting and celebrating our students, audiences, and composers of all diversity, there is always more that we can do to make a bigger difference and impact toward social justice...to confront our role in perpetuating injustice, to facilitate the healing of past wounds, and to open opportunity for all to thrive today and always.