The UCSB Department of Art stands with our Asian-American and Pacific Islander communities at this difficult moment of reckoning, as our nation confronts yet another destructive act of racism and gun violence. As artists, faculty, students, staff and colleagues, we hold vigil in support of all those suffering and grieving from this recent surge in senseless violence and loss in our community.
The UCSB Department of Art believes in the power of our art and artists to create a more just and inclusive society, however, with these escalating acts of inhumanity that are defining this country, we must push back as a community of care who pledges to dismantle systemic racism and violence at their roots and to build upon our shared values for a just and thriving future for all.
We recognize our individual and collective campus responsibility in acknowledging the recent and historical events as a call to arms to build cross-sector and intersectional coalitions that break the insidious cycle that normalizes hostile behavior towards Asian-Americans, Pacific Islanders and all of our BIPOCQT communities. No one deserves to live in fear.
In alignment with Creative Capital, a national arts alliance that seeks to amplify the voices of artists working in all creative disciplines and catalyze connections to help them realize their visions and build sustainable practices, we we share their compiled list of arts-focused AAPI resources – calling attention to some of the organizations and efforts that are leading the charge to raise awareness and to support others.
Creative Capital: Ways to Support AAPI