See Chicago Dance stands in solidarity with black Americans who are justifiably outraged and exhausted by a society that does not value their lives.
We know we have more work to do as an organization whose mission is to advocate for the dance field in Chicago.
We want to be more than allies. We want to have hard conversations and do our part to dismantle systemic racism and oppression, which harm all parts of our society, including the arts.
We are taking steps as an organization to understand what that really means and know this work is never done.
We grieve for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Michael Brown, Laquan McDonald and countless others who have senselessly died.
We are grieving because we see the threat black Chicagoans face every day.
We commit to fostering a community in which every person can jog outside, birdwatch and dance without fear of persecution or death.
We commit to turning our anguish into action.
Black Lives Matter.