The AFA stands in solidarity with those protesting the murders of George Floyd, Tony McDade, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and countless others who have lost their lives to racist violence and police brutality. We affirm that Black Lives Matter and acknowledge our responsibility to challenge the systems of oppression and inequality which threaten that very basic truth.
The AFA was founded on the belief that access to art is an integral part of a strong and free society. Today we reassert that mission, knowing the unique power of the visual arts to shape and reflect the triumphs and trials of our societies. We are committed to looking, listening, and learning from artists, scholars, activists, museum-goers, protestors, and many others as we embrace the imperative to grow more inclusive, more diverse, and more equitable.
Writing the words is easy; the work both internally and with our communities will be hard but imperative. And it must start now.