We share our value statement today to confirm to the community that we deeply cherish diversity, inclusion, and equity at the Aloha Theatre. The actions that led to the death of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and so many others cannot pass unnoticed. Black lives matter and we all have a part to play in raising awareness of racism in all contexts.
As a home for live theatre, we are keenly aware that we practice a unique art form that allows humanity to reflect on itself. The stage has often excluded creators and actors of color and their stories, leaving many out of the conversation about what it means to be human. We must ensure that people of color are represented in productions and educational programs at the Aloha Theatre so that current and future generations will know the stage belongs to everyone.
We don’t have all the answers, but we remain committed to doing our part and learn how to create a better space where all are welcome and to stand together against any action that perpetuates racism, prejudice, and bias. We will listen and learn and take action. We will examine our policies and practices to make real changes that build equity at the Aloha Theatre. We will consciously seek opportunities to showcase works from communities that have traditionally been silenced.
Learn more about being Black in Hawaiʻi, visit The Pōpolo Project at https://www.thepopoloproject.org
The League of Resident Theatres has compiled an extensive list of resources for learning about racism and ways to make change. Check their website at http://lort.org/edi-resources for more information.