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Statement from the Regional Arts Commission on the Killing of George Floydand Our Work Towards a More Equitable Community

News of the horrific killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd have filled us with deep sorrow. We are angered by these senseless tragedies, and the countless other episodes of racial violence, that continue to occur here and in communities all over the country. The Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis stands in solidarity with the Black community in pursuit of equity and justice. We recognize that inequity is pervasive, historic, and systemic. Disparities and discrimination are daily occurrences rooted in long-standing majority privilege and power, both inside and outside of the arts. Sustained racialized public policies and institutional practices, both conscious and unconscious, have resulted in generations of unjust and inequitable outcomes based on race.

Artists and cultural creators have a unique role in challenging inequity and imagining new, more just realities. RAC will prioritize its support to artists and arts organizations doing this important and necessary work. We will redouble our efforts to understand our role in perpetuating inequitable practices within our organization and take action to dismantle them. We will engage with, listen to, and learn from our community as we work together to build a more equitable arts sector. As we continue this work, we want to hear from you. Please send us an email at equity@racstl.org.

The Commission and Staff
Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis

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