At Public Art Fund, we stand in solidarity with Black, Indigenous, and People of Color in demanding a more just and equitable world.
- We fundamentally believe that Black Lives Matter
- We mourn the loss of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Sandra Bland, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin, and the countless Black people killed by police and vigilantes
- We abhor police brutality and the centuries of cruelty directed toward the BIPOC community
- We recognize that systemic racism has created unjust power structures
But it is not enough to simply believe these things. We must also live our values and act to support the BIPOC community through our work and actions.
As the leading presenter of public art, we have an important role to play in creating a more equitable and representative cultural community. Public art reaches people across the five boroughs of New York City – in public spaces that can be experienced by all people equally and free of charge. Our public purpose, the audiences we serve, and our support for artists have always been at the heart of this work.
Our exhibition program reflects our belief that presenting work by artists of diverse backgrounds that represent a multiplicity of perspectives is essential, and our future programs will continue to build upon this. We also believe that as experts in the field of public art, it is our responsibility to train the next generation of professionals in our field, to ensure that art in the public realm is being created, curated, and supported by members of the BIPOC community. These are longstanding institutional goals, but we acknowledge that there is still much work to do.
At Public Art Fund we are committed to:
- Expanding upon our presentation of artworks and exhibitions by artists from the BIPOC community
- Creating a Board and staff that are more diverse and reflective of our city
- Creating more opportunities for young and emerging BIPOC professionals in the field of public art
- Launching a series of public conversations that amplify the voices of the BIPOC community and address issues of importance to the public art field
- Expanding anti-racist training for all staff and Board
- Ensuring that vendors share our values and are taking active measures to create racial equity in their own workplaces
- Establishing a staff-led initiative to ensure that we remain focused on our goals in the short- and long-term
- Setting benchmarks for achieving these goals, and revisiting them on a regular basis
We believe that art has the power to spur conversation among people of different perspectives, to change hearts and minds, and to help shape the face and future of our country.
We are invigorated by the power of this movement to bring real change, and we must undertake the work to create a cultural community that is more just, that values BIPOC lives, and that is more inclusive. In this moment, we have undertaken our work with new vigor, and we will continue to revisit our goals and take concrete steps to accelerate this work.
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