Published June 19, 2020
Horrific recent events have put the harm of systemic racism against black people into sharper focus for so many in our industry and in our society. In response, The Keegan Theatre commits to fostering an anti-racist environment in which artists, patrons, students, and arts advocates from all backgrounds can create and connect without the insidious and debilitating effects of prejudice, discrimination, and marginalization.
Racism in all its forms is antithetical to this commitment. We acknowledge that racism occurs with and without malicious intent, often as a result of unconscious bias, and that the effects of racism are caused not only by the isolated actions of individuals, but also by the policies and practices of institutions. Whether intentional or unintentional, individual or institutional, racism is harmful and dehumanizing and has adverse effects on our community.
We recognize that we must amplify and accelerate our commitment to promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion while expanding and strengthening our commitment to anti-racism at The Keegan Theatre. We stand committed:
- To affirm Keegan Theatre as an anti-racist organization to members of the Keegan family and to artists, patrons, and arts supporters everywhere.
- To continuously learn about systems of privilege, inequality, and oppression through proactive education, listening to those harmed by racism, and engaging with groups focused on fighting for justice and equity.
- To reflect on ourselves both individually and institutionally, including setting measurable goals in all areas of equity, diversity, inclusion, and anti-racism and regularly assessing our progress toward meeting those goals.
- To reform our programs, policies, and practices, in areas including programming, casting, hiring, education, and outreach, to be reflective and responsive to our community and actively reject racism.
- To foster an environment where our entire community is encouraged to practice active listening, empathy, and advocacy.
We understand that racism is deeply and intensely embedded in our country’s culture and that there is much work to be done in order to achieve racial equity in the arts and in our society at large. We are resolved in our commitment to anti-racism and will work to support those leading our community and our country in this movement for justice.