ART FOR EQUALITY
Message from the Director
George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, David McAtee, Dreasjon “Sean” Reed, Charleena Lyles, Atatiana Jefferson, Dominique Clayton, Botham Jean, Philando Castile, Walter Scott, Eric Reason, Natasha McKenna, Bettie Jones, Ezell Ford, Sandra Bland, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Michael Brown.
These and countless other black Americans lost their lives to police brutality and racially targeted violence. These and countless other black Americans were robbed of their fundamental right to live. These senseless losses are an affront to the humanity of each and every citizen of America, of each and every color. We are outraged. We are grieving. We stand in solidarity with all those living with fear, trauma, anger, and hurt, simply because of the color of their skin. As an American art museum, it is our duty to grapple with the difficult conversations and histories of our nation. We must address the lack of representation and diversity, not only in our field, but across society. We must address the suppression of voices and narratives. And we must actively pursue paths towards change.
The staff at the New Britain Museum of American Art commit to each other and to our community to reach across racial divides, to educate ourselves, to invest in initiatives that bring more voices of color into the conversation, to acknowledge our own blind spots and failings. We commit to being part of the transformation required to become a more equitable institution, community, and society, by recognizing and working to dismantle racial bias within ourselves, our institution, and community. We commit to all those grieving, all those seeking safety, all those feeling marginalized, all those who have been victims of racism, that we as a staff and institution stand by you. We commit to listening, learning, and moving forward, together.
Black Lives Matter.
Min Jung Kim
Director and CEO
New Britain Museum of American Art
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