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The arts are what connects us. The arts provide inspiration and hope. The arts lead with love. AND... the arts have participated in the oppression of Black people throughout time.

As advocates for the arts community, we pledge to hold ourselves accountable in the embodiment of change that NEEDS to happen. Here are just a few resources to check out:

1. If you are white, use resources like Mireille C Harper's "10 Steps to Non-Optical Allyship" to have this conversation with your white friends & family.

2. Support Black owned businesses and organizations with your time & money.

3. As always, call and write your three legislators, city council members, and congresspeople.

4. Vote!! Check your voter registration by texting VOTER to 40649 or visit HEADCOUNT.ORG

#artsforarizona 

The arts are facing a second round of job losses. Because the arts are not in the budget most arts organizations will not receive their public support. 

But there is still hope. Governor Ducey included $2M in his Executive Budget at the start of session. If enough of us contact him, perhaps he will know he has the support from Arizonans to find find a way to include arts funding either in a special session or via CARES Act money for payroll support for arts organizations. 

Call and write Governor Ducey now and tell him that the arts are an important part of our mental and economic health. 

Arizona Uncensored 

On this week's podcast, Tucson's Representative Daniel Hernandez and Artist Yurika Isoe  discuss the effects on people of color by our political system and things people might be able to do to activate themselves and others. 

Member Spotlight: Southwest Folklife Alliance

An organization whose work is to "Build more equitable and vibrant communities by celebrating the everyday expressions of culture, heritage and diversity in the Greater Southwest."

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