THE INDEPENDENT VOICE OF THE VISUAL ARTS
As artists, writers, critics, and all around cultural thinkers, we at the New Art Examiner believe in free expression as a core value. Everyone in this country deserves the equal right and opportunity to stand up and speak out when they are not treated equally under the most basic tenets of public safety, civil rights and the law.
For far too long people in America have been told that their lives are not something they can fight to protect. They are told they are going about it wrong, need to be quiet, or aren’t allowed to be angry in the face of injustice. This is antithetical to what we believe.
At the New Art Examiner, we work hard to dig deep into art, culture, and public life here in Chicago and beyond. Nevertheless, we do so from our own position of privilege. The arts, after all, is a privileged cultural space to which not everyone has access. That is why it is so important that we do the work to advance arts and culture within and across communities. It is also why in the face of so much oppression and injustice against the people who make up these communities that we support the recent protests and continued calls for systemic change that have emerged after the killings of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Rayshard Brooks, and so many others whose names have been spoken out in calls that have been met with silence and inaction for years and years.
We are a small group at the New Art Examiner, but we are a community. And until all communities are treated fairly and equally in this country, no one can truly be free. It is our hope that in the days ahead progress will manifest itself in as many forms as possible. It is our goal to contribute to that progress not only by continuing to explore every corner of the arts that we can, but also by elevating voices that are not heard often enough. We will do so in concert with the greater collective purpose that we see moving hearts and minds every day now. Black and brown lives matter to us. Queer and trans lives matter to us. The lives of all faiths and identities that are marginalized matter to us. We cannot lose momentum. We must not stop or get distracted. Together we must continue to stand and speak loudly and freely to define who we are as community, as a country, and as a culture. Art belongs to everyone and can connect anyone. It has a role to play in this fight, this journey. For us, it starts here.
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