ICA Solidarity Statement

ICA Staff - 2020-06-17

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WHAT HAPPENED AT THE ICA?

 

Summer 2020

 

ICA stands in solidarity with those who protest and work to end implicit and systemic racism, racial injustice, and inequality in our country. We are heartbroken for the families and victims and for anyone who has to fear for their safety and the safety of their children, families, and friends on a daily basis. We recognize the pain, strife, suffering, frustration, and oppression that people of color have endured and continue to endure in our country. We believe that Black Lives Matter.

 

Racism is unacceptable. We are frustrated that it is still endemic in our country and that past efforts to eradicate it have not been more successful. We are heartened by the many peaceful, thoughtful, and strategic ways that people around the world have decided to speak out and demand change. We must all do many things differently going forward and we must all work together to end racism.

 

ICA works to preserve artistic, cultural, and historic objects that are born of all cultures, all times, all geographies, and all belief systems. The objects that we save are the repositories of the cultural memories, the artistic expressions, and the stories of those that have gone before us. At this time, we reaffirm our mission to save objects from all communities, particularly those whose voices have been unheard and whose perspectives are not represented in today’s cultural narratives.

 

To further needed change, each of us at ICA is searching inside ourselves and in our work and lives to find all the possible ways we can contribute to a just, equitable, diverse, and inclusive world and to act to create positive change.

 

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