We the staff of UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter. We mourn the killings of countless Black Americans whose lives have ended tragically due to systematic racism. All of us who work in the arts have a responsibility to demonstrate that a better world is possible. The arts are not the only solution, but they are part of an aspirational path forward.
We are united in support of all who are standing against the historic inequity and institutionalized racism experienced by the Black community. We have a duty to listen, to learn and to engage.
Collectively as a staff, we will continue to provide space for these voices to be heard.
The CAP UCLA statement of solidarity with Black Lives Matter comes from the staff of our organization and the production and maintenance team of Royce Hall, as does the following.
Carrie Mae Weems: PEOPLE OF A DARKER HUE
Gregory Porter: “Stand up on your seat with your dirty feet raise your fist in the air and be sweet”
Jon Boogz/Lil Buck: Being Black in America is a reality most couldn’t fathom living in
Angelique Kidjo: "How can we dance when our earth is turning?"
Kyle Abraham: Meditation: A Silent Prayer
Terri Lyne Carrington: "I feel a calling in my life to merge my artistry with any form of activism that I'm able to engage in."
In her essay, The Transformation of Silence into Language and Action, Audre Lorde asks these questions: “What are the words you do not yet have? What do you need to say? What are the tyrannies you swallow day by day, until you sicken and die of them, still in silence?”
What words do you need to say? We want to hear you, we need to listen.
Please tell us your words, we will compile the responses and share them in the coming week.
Black Visions Collective:Dedicated to Black liberation and to collective liberation
The Movement for Black Lives:Follow the week of action and much more
#AmplifyMelanatedVoices: Movement on Instagram initiated by Alishia McCullough and Jessica Wilson to amplify the work of Black and Brown people who are already doing social justice work
Anti-racism Resources: A resource to white people and parents to deepen our anti-racism work
Bandcamp is waiving their share of sales to support artists impacted by Covid-19 and the full list of artists and labels donating their share to organizations in support of racial justice and change
The New York Times: The Price We Have Paid for Not Confronting Racism
American Theatre: Black Lives Matter: U.S. Theatres Stand With the Movement for Racial Justice
Los Angeles Times: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Don’t understand the protests? What you’re seeing is people pushed to the edge
TIME: 'Art Can Touch Our Emotional Core.' Meet the Artists Behind Some of the Most Widespread Images Amid George Floyd Protests
To stand united against the historic inequity experienced by the Black community, please support organizations dedicated to the work of racial justice:
UCLA Black Graduate Students Association, which is leading change on campus; please venmo @themovement2020
People’s Budget LA in its effort to fund services, not police
Action Bail Fund LA, a rapid response fund to support Los Angeles organizers led by Black Lives Matter LA and supported by White People 4 Black Lives