Creating An Inclusive Community
A COMMITMENT FROM PILCHUCK GLASS SCHOOL
June 8, 2020
We will not remain silent in the presence of oppression. This is the lesson artists have taught throughout the ages. In this spirit, we pledge to speak out about injustice.
This past week, members of the Pilchuck community have engaged in numerous conversations and important dialogue about what we’re experiencing as a society. It has led us to examine who we are as an organization and explore what more we can do to combat systemic inequality.
Together, we share in the global outrage at the senseless violence against Black Americans; including the recent murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and the countless lives taken at the hands of racism, police brutality, and white supremacy.
We stand with Black voices in our community and beyond, and we are listening.
From its inception, Pilchuck has been dedicated to the idea of an inclusive, creative environment. Today, we recommit to dismantle racism and injustice in our creative industry.
Together, we pledge to:
- Recognize and break down institutional barriers and policies within our organization that stand in the way of people of color.
- Be a leader in glass art and activate our global network to amplify Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) voices to make our field more inclusive.
- Increase opportunities in our programs for artists of color who have been historically underrepresented in the field of glass.
- Provide Staff and Trustees with resources and training to support our individual and collective journeys to be a more aware and racially inclusive organization.
We have work to do. We promise to keep learning and listening, and to hold ourselves accountable as we understand the ways we must and will do better.