Black Lives Matter
On the two-year anniversary of George Floyd's murder—and just days following a horrific mass shooting in Buffalo—we must never lose sight of the need for justice for Black Americans.
Seattle Theatre Group remains committed to playing an active role in the movement for racial justice.
Our organization would not be what it is today without Black culture, art, dance, music, storytelling, scholarship, leadership, and professional expertise. As we honor these contributions, we must also acknowledge the ways in which STG and the performing-arts industry have been complicit in upholding white supremacy. In operating and stewarding the historic Paramount, Moore, and Neptune theatres, we acknowledge that these have not always been welcoming spaces for all. For example, Black people were once forced to use a separate entrance and segregated to the third-level balcony at the Moore.
As we look to the future, we will not forget our history—which includes so much to be proud of and also, so much to improve upon and learn from. In pursuit of our vision as "The People's Theatre," we are committed to examining, challenging, and updating our practices. We must put our commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access at the heart of everything we do.
Black-led organizations in Seattle:
Civil rights/social justice/Civic Engagement:
· Atlantic Street Center
· Africa Town Land Trust
· 100 Black Parents
Black-led arts and cultural groups:
· Alphabet Alliance of Color
· CD Forum
· Black Heritage Society
Storytelling and media:
· 206 Zulu
And in the spirit of coming together, we hope you will join us on June 16 at STG's ELEVATE— community members, historians, spoken-word artists and dancers join for one performance to center Black and Brown experiences.