June 24, 2020

Black lives matter. Black art matters.

Over the past weeks, ALL ARTS has engaged in internal discussions with its staff and the WNET Group to work on how to best affirm our commitment to the Black community while looking inward at how we can address systemic racist structures within public media. These vital preliminary conversations are just the first step as ALL ARTS continues to understand how it can best serve in this moment and beyond.

ALL ARTS stands alongside the Black community as we face the painful deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Ahmaud Arbery, Rayshard Brooks and the growing list of others killed by police and violent vigilantes as demands for dismantling racist systems within this country continue.

We believe that racism does not have a place within the arts. We, too, understand that ALL ARTS is not immune to the racist structures and practices that have plagued the artistic community throughout history.

We recognize that contributions of Black artists have been muted, appropriated and capitalized on repeatedly and systematically.

Equity must be furthered and fostered within ALL ARTS — from staffing to programming. This necessary work will allow us to better serve our diverse community of artists and audiences in a way that is meaningful and just.

We realize a statement alone isn’t sufficient. There are very hard conversations happening both within ALL ARTS and WNET right now that will inform our forthcoming commitments. We want these action items to be impactful and measurable. With a public-facing pledge, we aim to be accountable to each other, our partners and our audience.

We will continue to keep our community updated on our progress, and we welcome questions and feedback at allartsinfo@wliw.org.