The senseless murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and thousands of other black individuals are a disgrace and the direct result of systemic racism rampant within our country, and we stand in solidarity with protesters against these systemic problems in Atlanta and around the world. This same racism has been prevalent throughout the history of visual and performing arts and continues today in Atlanta, the city that ArtsATL was founded to celebrate. While ArtsATL has worked for the past decade to highlight diverse voices across the city, we know that we must do more to dismantle these systems.
Rather than create a hastily assembled list of boilerplate action items to address these issues, ArtsATL’s leadership is taking this time to evaluate deeply the diversity of voices we feature and stories we cover, and to consider our structure and leadership in order to make thoughtful, sustainable steps toward better representing Atlanta’s black artists and organizations. We welcome your input as we focus on making ArtsATL a better outlet for the voices of Atlanta’s arts community that for too long have gone unheard, and we look forward to sharing more in the coming weeks. If you are interested in getting more involved as a writer, photographer or board member, please email email@example.com.