Marcus Performing Arts Center commits to creating a more racially representative and equitable community at the Center so that we may continue to build bridges between diverse members of our community through high-quality arts entertainment.
Marcus Performing Arts Center continues to be actively engaged in strengthening our commitment to racial equity, diversity, and inclusion (REDI). This journey began years ago – now it takes center stage for our organization.
To fully reflect our community, we understand that focused and intentional action is required to ensure our commitment is reflected in everything we do.
A strategic decision to not only evaluate the Marcus Center’s current REDI initiatives and practices, but also deepen our REDI commitment across the organization was fully embraced by our board, management team, staff and community advocates. We spent time listening, learning and sharing – both inside and outside the organization over the past year.
As a result …
We clearly recognize that this process is a marathon and not a sprint, requiring that we are always thinking, acting, and listening with a REDI lens. Below are the specific goals and actions to which we have committed, and the metrics we will use to track our progress.
The Marcus Center will report regularly on our progress towards these goals and expect that our community will help hold us accountable.
* BIPOC - Black, Indigenous, People of Color
Last year our individual sense of what we know (or thought we knew) was turned upside down.
Fear. Pandemic. Isolation. Injustice. Protests. Loss.
When times are challenging to comprehend, we often look to artists help us make sense of our emotions. The Marcus Performing Arts Center (MPAC) looked to our community for BIPOC musicians, dancers, poets and composers that would be willing to share their feelings about all that was happening. We asked them to help us create a film that would amplify their voices and help all of us begin to comprehend that moment in history.
Several amazing composers were sent photographs of our empty stages and spaces. Each chose a space that spoke to them. The incredible music they created was then played in that space as we filmed a spectacular dancer moving through those spaces. To these inspired creations, we further layered in powerful words from our community.
What resulted was not a single film, but four films: Prayer, Portrait of the Past, Platform as Protest, and Promise. We are honored to share these films with you and provide these artists a stage for their undeniable talent.
We gratefully acknowledge these artists and the gifts they shared.
Christopher DeAngelo Gilbert
Holy Redeemer Institutional Church of God in Christ Mass Choir
Sheri Williams Pannell
Q the Sun
We continue to be committed to amplifying their voices and all the diverse artistic voices in our community.
- Marcus Performing Arts Center
Déysha Jenkins Smith
Sheri Williams Pannell