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#BlackLivesMatter: a collective reflection

#BlackLivesMatter (c) Billy Vitch

Context

Liverpool Arts Regeneration Consortium (LARC) and Creative Organisations of Liverpool (COoL*) together represent over 30 cultural organisations in the City Region.

Both groups are committed to racial justice and to making meaningful change within their member organisations and in the work they do. Reflecting on the past year, we are now issuing the following shared statement, accompanied by [organisational] links so you can find out what organisations have individually been doing and future plans.

* Liverpool Irish Festival are a COoL member.

Statement

Over a year ago, the cry for racial justice was amplified. Many came together to demand change following the murder of George Floyd. The words “Black Lives Matter” were echoed globally, and people of Liverpool were galvanised to commit to the work of ensuring that Black lives/communities, and the experiences of all those within our diverse communities were fully valued and included. The urgency of this global human right had never been greater, and has been a catalyst for cultural organisations to go through a necessary process of self-assessment and change.

#BlackLivesMatter called for action that would bring about real structural change, not just words or performative social media posts. We are therefore reflecting on our own practices and policies of equality, diversity and inclusion. We acknowledge that harm has been done by previous failings and inaction, and as a sector we are working towards a more inclusive and representative future.

Change is continuous and there is still much to do if we truly want to achieve equity in a society that is impacted by institutional racism. Please click on the links below to see what Liverpool’s cultural organisations have been working on as part of their commitment to change – and what is planned for the future.

See this statement on the Culture Liverpool site.

Signed

20 Stories High / Africa Oyé / BlackFest / Bluecoat / Bluecoat Display Centre / Brazuka / Collective Encounters / Culture Liverpool / DaDaFest / dot-art / FACT / First Take / Homotopia / Kitchen Sink Live / Liverpool Arab Arts Festival / Liverpool Biennial / Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse /Liverpool Irish Festival / Liverpool’s Royal Court / March For The Arts / Merseyside Dance Initiative / Metal / Movema / National Museums Liverpool / LUMA Creations / Open Culture / Open Eye Gallery / Pagoda Arts / Paperwork Theatre / Royal Liverpool Philharmonic / Squash Nutrition / Tate Liverpool / The Atkinson / The Black-E / The Windows Project / Tmesis / Unity Theatre / Wired Aerial/ Writing on the Wall

Where links are provided, they lead to the organisation’s work on equality, diversity and inclusion.


#BlackLivesMatter. #SayTheirNames (USA and UK).

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