A Message from our Director

Dear Friends of the List Center,
As a nation, we continue to mourn the lives of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Tony McDade, Breonna Taylor, Riah Milton, Dominique “Rem’mie” Fells, and the countless other Black lives that have been lost to police violence and vigilantism. In the last weeks, we have been reminded too that these tragedies are not only individual events but part of a systemic oppression of Black, Indigenous, and other people of color, through discriminatory practices in education, employment, policing and criminal justice, housing, and health care—to name just a few.
At the List Visual Arts Center, we stand with people around the world who are insisting that Black Lives Matter and demanding an end to systemic racism and white supremacy. We are also committed to serving as a place for listening, learning, reflection, and introspection through visual art. And though we know it is not the task of artists to educate the public about racism and structural inequality, contemporary art can be a powerful and valuable way to share lived experiences, past and present.
Over the next several months, we will be taking time to reflect and strategize as we embark on an organization-wide project of learning—and unlearning. We understand our task moving forward to be a dual endeavor of educating ourselves about and laying the foundation for actions that advance racial justice in our workplace and in the many ways we bring art to our communities. We look forward to continuing this conversation and will invite your feedback, thoughts, and dialogue along the way.
In the meantime, we join the greater MIT community across campus in standing up for civil rights and human rights. As President Reif stated during the recent MIT Vigil:
“We come together now because we know, and we insist, that Black lives matter […] and of course, we come together because we know that these truths, and the basic humanity of people of color, are violated in our nation every day.”
In closing, we also want to share a short list of just a few of the organizations dedicated to racial justice should you wish to follow or support their work. Please visit the links below to learn more. : ACLU, Color of ChangeEqual Justice InitiativeThe Innocence Project, Transgender Law CenterThe Loveland FoundationNAACP, and the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Sincerely yours,
Paul Ha

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