Statement from the AGO

We hear you. We know we haven't done enough and we will do more. We've been silent as we reflect. But that silence speaks volumes.

We were devastated by the most-recent anti-Black racism. We believe strongly that Black lives matter. We acknowledge that words alone cannot address the many injustices and discrimination that Black, Indigenous and other marginalized communities continue to face.

We are engaged in conversations with our peers and the community and internally, from each department to our Leadership Team and the Board. We have not done enough either inside or outside our walls. We are committed to change – learning, listening and growing with our communities, and are committed to better reflecting the diversity of the community we belong to. We know that words are not enough and we are committed to action.

We will:

  • Use our communication channels to support the voices of change in our culture

  • Use our mission to ensure that the Collections, exhibitions and programs reflect our diverse communities

  • Develop a specific plan to ensure that our Leadership, staff, volunteers and audience become more inclusive and diverse

  • Hold ourselves publicly accountable to these goals

We are committed to sharing our progress with you moving forward and promise to be open and transparent. This is only the beginning.

 

 

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