Delali Ayivor *
Denzel Boyd*
Tyler Rabinowitz *

Denzel Boyd*
Nate Grossman
Jonathan Maghen
Justin Sloane

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Crimson Text
(Open Source Google Fonts)

*YoungArts Alumni

Who are you?

🌍 Our core team is comprised of four YoungArts alumni, but in the course of putting together this campaign, we’ve been in meaningful dialogue with
60 members of the YoungArts community at various levels from alumni, to mentors and master artists, board members, panelists, winners and YoungArts
staff past and current.
What kind of organizing experience do you have? 

Given our current socio-political climate, we felt
an urgent need to answer the call for civic duty 🔥️
We're all in a process of rapid growth through radical humility and active listening. And we hope to inspire y'all to join this charge and activate accountability in your own communities.

Why is there so much emphasis on documentation/archiving?

Because, the functional roles of documentation and evidence have been weaponized by the legal system to be used as tools of oppression against BIPOC. The things that we keep become the stories we tell about the past. That’s why we want all of our stories, and the documentation of them to stay fixed in one place in perpetuity. The pain and trauma of BIPOC people is something that white supremacy works overtime to deny or erase; in an equitable future, that would never happen.

Why the emoji?

Because, this is how we talk! When we say we celebrate the community's voices, we mean that we acknowledge and celebrate our uniqueness, as we are. Besides, as far as code switching goes for the BIPOC community, we thought it time for whiteness to bend to understand us, not the other way around.  🤷🏾‍♀️

Why are you using Google products to host your content?

Accessibility. Hosting things on Google allows us to treat all of our documents as living, breathing, changing organisms and share those changes in real-time with our public ⚡️ (transparency boost!) It also allows people to access these documents anonymously 👁 if they so choose. And it’s an easy model for other communities to adopt in their own organizing. 

What do you want?

Joy. 💫 The heart of everything we do at Equitable Futures Collective is in service of the sustained joy and liberation of BIPOC artists. The demands in our Community Vision Statement build a pathway towards that.

Why didn’t you handle this privately? Was it necessary to do all of this on social media?

Yes, unfortunately, it was necessary. As outlined in the original open letter that opened this dialogue, and as corroborated by several other testimonials, concerns about racism have been brought to senior leadership at YoungArts numerous times with no significant impact or actionable change.

From the publishing of the open letter (05.30.20) to the date this website went live (06.19.20), YoungArts had almost three full weeks to reach out to us and discuss. They chose not to take that opportunity. And we chose to push forth with what’s rightful and owed to the YoungArts community.

Why did you write a “vision statement” instead of a petition? 
Because we are not a community trying to make ourselves visible to an institution, we are a community making our experiences visible to one another. The National YoungArts Foundation as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit can already see us, just like the YoungArts community can already see (through) the National YoungArts Foundation as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

We don’t need to prove that we matter by having other people co-sign on to our basic needs. We already know what we want. We already know what we deserve. And we are here to demand it, as we are. ✌️️