Artsmiths Supports Black Lives Matter
The Artsmiths staff and board of directors stand in solidarity with our friends and neighbors in the Black community. We are deeply saddened to see unjust, senseless and brutal deathsof Black Americans. While it is impossible to encapsulate everything we are feeling,we hope everyone uses this time to reflect, learn, listen and act. We know that if work together, we can do better as a nation.
As artists we are a part of a very diverse and deeply creative community. Throughout history, artists have challenged societies by speaking through art. It is our sincere hope that each one of you will work to find a new and creative way to heal this divide, one step at a time. Artsmiths will continue to serve the black community through children engaged in Art4Allpgh. However, we will seek to do more. We are committed to expanding our artist base in the black community through targeted outreach and we will embark on a mission to diversify our board in the coming year.
“THE TRUE PURPOSE OF ARTS EDUCATION IS NOT NECESSARILY TO CREATE MORE PROFESSIONALS DANCERS AND ARTISTS. (IT’S) TO CREATE MORE COMPLETE HUMAN BEINGS WHO ARE CRITICAL THINKERS, WHO HAVE CURIOUS MINDS, WHO CAN LEAD PRODUCTIVE LIVES.”