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A Message from APAP: We stand in solidarity.

Dear APAP Members and Colleagues,

First of all, we hope you are safe and well.

That is how we've started many a message to you during the COVID-19 crisis, but we must be completely honest. We know that many in our community are not safe and not well.

We are mourning the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, and Breonna Taylor whose names add to the countless named and unnamed Black lives lost unlawfully, unethically, inhumanely. We mourn for each and every Black life cut short by the individual and institutional racism that plagues our communities and country.

It is through this deep grief that we have great clarity. We are united in calling for the end to the racist and sanctioned killing of Black people. We are committed to building organizations that are stronger because of the diverse voices leading them. We embrace each other and the healing that is possible through the performing arts.

On behalf of APAP's Board of Directors, staff and membership:

  • We stand in solidarity with Black artists, Black arts professionals and the Black communities we serve. We acknowledge the daily physical and emotional risks and burdens you bear and that you are often targeted for your Blackness.
  • We urge that arts organizations, arts workers and artists hold ourselves to a higher standard by examining our own practices as they pertain to racial equity, diversity and inclusion (REDI).
  • We honor Black people as a vital part of our collective American identity and as inextricable contributors to the American cultural fabric, and to whom we owe a great debt.
  • We believe in the sanctity of life, the promise of liberty, and the most fundamental and absolute right to personal safety regardless of race or gender. We believe in nonviolence and justice.

The music industry has called for TODAY, June 2, to be known as #BlackOutTuesday to catalyze change. We encourage you to dedicate today to having productive conversations about racial justice and equity and about what actions we need to collectively take. We understand that our work must be sustained and that action is more powerful than words alone.

We will hold ourselves accountable, and if we fall short, we will listen.


  • Mario Garcia Durham
    President and CEO, APAP
  • Lisa Richards Toney
    Incoming President and CEO, APAP
  • Karen A. Fischer, Board Chair
    Pasifika Artists Network
  • Laura Colby, Vice Chair
    Elsie Management
  • Jean Cook, Vice Chair
  • Gwethalyn Bronner, Secretary
    James Lumber Center, College of Lake County
  • Jennifer Johnson, Treasurer
    Arts Commons
  • Alicia Adams
  • Lulani Arquette
    Native Arts and Cultures Foundation
  • Eddie Cota
    Champion City
  • Jamie Grant
    Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
  • Christopher Heacox
    Jay and Susie Gogue Performing Arts Center, Auburn University
  • Kendra Whitlock Ingram
    Marcus Performing Arts Center
  • Amy Lam
    Celebrity Series of Boston
  • Beth Macmillan
  • Renae Williams Niles
    Renae WN Consulting
  • Michael Reed
    Arizona State University, Gammage
  • Daniel Bernard Roumain
  • Francine Sheffield
    Sheffield Global Arts Management
  • Murielle Borst Tarrant
    Cultural artist, director, playwright
  • Toby Tumarkin
    IMG Artists
  • Cristina Vázquez
    Cotenidos Artisticos

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