in a Hidden Room somewhere within 311 W 7th Street, Austin Texas 78701…
We stand in the knowledge that Black lives matter, and that systemic violence against Black people is one of our great modern day injustices. Together we are grieving, and we support the demand for justice for the murders of George Floyd, Tony McDade, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Sandra Bland, and countless other Black people who should be alive right now.
Today’s story is about the agony, pain, exhaustion, and injustice that Black people are made to suffer. The Hidden Room is listening, we are learning, and we are developing more long term and short term strategies to better understand and amplify the stories of Black people. We want to lift up their voices in solidarity, support, empathy, compassion, and love, and call for an end to racism and Anti-Blackness.
To our Black actors, designers, board, teachers, students, audience, and colleagues, we are especially here for you in this time of trauma. We acknowledge our responsibility to be an agent for change, and will continue striving to grow, be accountable, and do our best work in honor of that responsibility. You matter. Your children and parents matter. You are our brothers and sisters.
Please join us in supporting the following resources and organizations who are fighting for the liberation and wellness of Black people:
7 Black Projects for Black Well-Being by Briyana D. Clarel
Anguish and Action
Anti-Racism Resources for White People & Parents to Deepen our Anti-racism Work:
BEAM (Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective)
Black-Owned Businesses to Support in Austin by Rosie Ninesling
Black Visions Collective – www.blackvisionsmn.org
Campaign Zero – www.joincampaignzero.org
Me & White Supremacy Workbook by Layla F. Saad
Reclaim the Block – www.reclaimtheblock.org/home
The Movement for Black Lives – www.m4bl.org
The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond – www.pisab.org
The Hidden Room Theatre
PS – For more information about our mission, our board, our current programs, and upcoming initiatives to strengthen connection, understanding, empathy, and the elevation of diverse voices, please visit us here. http://hiddenroomtheatre.com/our-mission-our-values-our-pr…/
Your thoughts and suggestions are welcomed, as are new applications to join our board.