This weekend, Indianapolis joined cities across the country in protest of the loss of Black lives. IRT stands in solidarity with Black artists, colleagues, staff, and citizens in our community and across our nation as we mourn these horrific injustices.
As artists and arts administrators, we acknowledge that this mourning is not new to our country. Institutionally we are working to join like-minded organizations and individuals who are waking up to our roles in maintaining broken systems that support racism. If we remain silent, we are complicit in the racial injustice that plagues our community and nation. We must be accountable to the communities we serve.
Our building sustained damage following a peaceful protest on Saturday evening. Property can be replaced–human life cannot. We will not let this destruction distract us from our work to make Indiana a more equitable, just, and inclusive community.
We are determined to fight the racism that manifests itself inside and outside our walls. To do this, we must acknowledge the hundreds of years of inequity that have brought us to this moment. We make and celebrate an art in which words matter deeply: let us use our voices in support of equity. We will do so by denouncing racism and continue our journey to be anti-racist in support of the liberation of all people.
The IRT produces top-quality, professional theatre that engages, surprises, challenges and entertains people throughout their lifetimes, helping to build a vital and vibrant community.
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