Anti-Racism Commitment

Statement and Commitment to Anti-Racism

Black Lives Matter

The Chickenshed NYC community specifically and intentionally states that Black Lives Matter and that we reject racism in all forms. We are horrified by the violence exacted by law enforcement officials on members of the Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) communities. We are especially mindful of the disproportionate impact of this violence on young black persons and their families, thus hindering their ability to thrive and flourish. The lives of Tamir Rice, Breonna Taylor, Eric Garner, George Floyd, and scores of other young Black people have been stopped by this particularly heinous form of institutional racism.

Commitment to Anti-Racism

As an inclusive theatre company for children and youth whose motto is “when everyone is included everyone flourishes”, we recognize diversity is at the heart of what we do. At the same time, we are acutely aware that despite our intentions our BIPOC diversity is currently inadequate. We need their voices.

Our commitment is to make our actions match our intentions. We recognize that it is not enough to reject racism. We must be anti-racist, meaning that we regularly, proactively, and intentionally act to dismantle racism, in ways large and small.

We promise to:

    1. recognize and reject racism while educating ourselves about anti-racist values and behaviors that we can embrace and enact.
    2. analyze, critique, and repair our organizational structures, in order to resolve any racialized power inequities. We will strive to have persons who are BIPOC at the agenda-setting levels of our organization by the end of 2020.
    3. use our artistic endeavors to educate young people about racism and to lift up all voices equitably. We will examine our membership and programming practices and use our inclusive values and methodology to ensure they are anti-racist.
    4. be responsible for anti-racist practices, regardless of our role in the organization. We will develop benchmarks for anti-racism and continually measure our progress in achieving those benchmarks in our board and staff meetings. We will issue transparent, public evaluations of our efforts annually.

With sincerity,

Elliot Fishman, General Manager
Elaine Finkeltaub, President
Shari Sapp, Chair

July 2020