North Texas — The Metropolitan Arts Media board of directors and the staff of TheaterJones stand in solidarity against police brutality and the murders of Black people.
We say the names of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Atatiana Jefferson, Tony McDade, Manuel Ellis, Ahmaud Arbery, Botham Jean and all whose lives ended violently and unjustly.
From our founding in 2009, TheaterJones has insisted on championing culturally specific arts organizations run by BIPOC administrators and artists in our coverage of an expansive arts scene in a large, diverse market. We have made efforts to include Black and brown writers on our team, and on our board of Trustees when we formed the nonprofit organization Metropolitan Arts Media in 2018. We recognize that we still have work to do in these areas, and vow to find more BIPOC contributors to cover not only culturally specific arts, but all work being created on local stages.
We pledge to look deeper into arts organizations in North Texas and encourage efforts to move beyond tokenism and surface diversity, equity and inclusion promises. Discussions of producing work by minority writers, composers and choreographers must be more than lip-service; and a mere nod to color-blind casting is unacceptable. True representation must include hiring BIPOC artists behind the scenes and in staff and leadership positions, and appointments to boards of directors. It’s time to dismantle systemic racism in the arts industry and in society.
We firmly support the #WeSeeYou initiative, and acknowledge that white supremacy has not only plagued the discipline of theater, but also dance, classical music, opera, visual art, the literary arts – and arts journalism.
This is a critical moment for our nation and the arts. As a media organization with a mission to explore and shine a light on the local arts, we are committed to being a part of the solution.
Black Women Matter. Black Men Matter. Black Children Matter.
Black Trans Lives Matter. Black Queer Lives Matter.
Black Artists Matter. Black Creatives Matter. Black Audiences Matter.
Black Administrators Matter. Black Board Members Matter.
Black Businesses Matter. Black Voices Matter.
Black Ideas Matter. Black Dreams Matter.
Black Lives Matter.
» To learn more about #WeSeeYou, read this and sign the petition.