Near West Theatre proudly and loudly supports, and stands beside our black brothers and sisters who continue to fight for rights and social justice that continue to be denied. We know that many of our friends, families, communities, fellow artists and arts organizations are grieving and trying not to lose hope. We are here with you. We are grieving. We are marching. We are protesting. We will continue to stand beside you and fight against all forms of systemic oppression and racism.
We believe a racially equitable institution is one where all voices and experiences are valued and respected. This is a process to which we are committed. We need to do better, and we can do better, starting with our own diversity. Near West Theatre will develop systems for becoming conscious of intrinsic bias and barriers that interfere with engagement, participation and advancement for people of color. This includes our staff, volunteers, leadership and board of trustees. We will acknowledge and dismantle inequities within our organization to create an inclusive, diverse, and racially equitable environment that is reflective of the community we serve.
We will not stop. We must do better. We will do better.
Black Lives Matter.
Mike Obertacz, Executive Director
Trinidad Snider, Artistic Director
Steve Beiting, President, Board of Trustees