A message to our community:

I write this with a somber heart. Our country is reeling from the outpouring of grief and anger being expressed over the murder of George Floyd. It is a suffering compounded by the harrowing devastation of COVID-19, which has disproportionately affected Black Americans. As a country, we must acknowledge that the anguish of this moment is not isolated—to a single day in Minnesota or to a novel virus—but borne of the centuries-long struggle for racial equality. This is not new.
 
At MCASD, we stand in solidarity with all those demanding justice for the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and so many other Black Americans whose names are both known and untold. We decry racial injustice. We are committed to a world where we challenge our biases--where we listen in order to understand, to be responsive, and to honor one another and our diverse publics and communities.
 
As a contemporary art museum, we advocate for art that speaks to the issues of our time and look to artists to help us understand the complexities of the world around us. To Black artists, staff, members, students, educators, partners, and neighbors--to the Black community at large--MCASD stands with you. We are listening to you, to learn how MCASD can best play a meaningful role in transforming America's future and fighting racial oppression. 
 
While our galleries remain closed due to ongoing public health concerns, we are without our most public resource: a physical space for gathering. And yet, we have a responsibility to remain engaged, and to find new ways to use our platform. We are committed to learning and enacting anti-racist practices at the Museum. We are committed to amplifying Black voices, businesses, and communities. We are committed to providing access to information and resources, available at this link.
 
As organizations issue forth statements of value, like this, I worry they may ring hollow due to their ubiquity and very limits as statements, rather than behavior. Yet, we say the words, as we say the names of those senselessly killed—George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery—as an invocation, not to escape action but to compel it.
 
 
 
Kathryn Kanjo
The David C. Copley Director and CEO