Update | October 2020:
As a result of our Board of Directors retreat and all-staff learning lab about dismantling racism and organizational transformation held earlier this year, we have formed a working group (comprised of staff from all departments and members of the Board) to lead the company in drafting, publishing and activating a Cultural Equity plan for Portland Opera. The core priority of this plan is to empower systemic and institutional change at Portland Opera.
Our vision is to be an anti-racist multicultural opera company.
We will continue to share updates here.
We are grateful to Keryl McCord and the amazing team at Equity Quotient for continued partnership and guiding our work. If you would like more information about our process, or if you have any questions, please contact Andrea Tichy, Director of Communications and Marketing, firstname.lastname@example.org.
A message of solidarity.
“This week, the murder of George Floyd added to a heartbreaking list of heinous injustices. We, at Portland Opera, share in the anger and sadness of our nation, seeking justice and change.
The Portland Opera family stands in solidarity with our community—specifically with Black artists, colleagues, collaborators and leaders within the opera, arts and classical music fields. To them we say: your voice matters. Your artistry matters. You are heard. Your life matters.
Black lives matter.
The power of voice to protest, to heal, to evoke empathy, to speak out, and speak up remains one of our greatest tools. In this moment, we reiterate our commitment to actively confront and dismantle the legacies of racism and exclusion in our field and community.
Let us join in raising our voices together.”
– Portland Opera, May 24, 2020