As members of the Arts Education Council of Americans for the Arts, we write today to thank Michelle Ramos and the Board of Performing Arts Alliance for setting the pulse in response to recent news of Bob Lynch’s retirement from Americans for the Arts. Ms. Ramos called explicit attention to AFTA’s lack of transparency in their failure to disclose findings from their recent investigation and their lack of field engagement throughout the process. We could not agree more with her statement that, “The arts field will not continue to drink the Kool-Aid AFTA is serving.”

A Koolaid packet adapted that says “Americans for the Arts Koolaid” which has Equity Artificial Sweetener, Gatekeeping Punch, and a Good Source of Racism.
A Koolaid packet adapted that says “Americans for the Arts Koolaid” which has Equity Artificial Sweetener, Gatekeeping Punch, and a Good Source of Racism.

This council publicly called for…


The Arts Education council is standing in a group photo at a restaurant during their 2020 retreat
The Arts Education council is standing in a group photo at a restaurant during their 2020 retreat
Arts Education Council Retreat, January 2020

As leaders on the Americans for the Arts (AFTA) Arts Education Advisory Council, we stand in solidarity with our colleague Quanice Floyd to publicly voice our support for calls on AFTA to increase transparency, accountability, and progress toward racial equity in its role as a national leader in the arts and culture sector. As Ms. Floyd articulated in a November 11th op-ed, questions from this council about AFTA’s racial equity work have been met with resistance, claims of capacity issues, and defensiveness — including pointing us toward AFTA’s 2016 cultural equity statement as evidence of AFTA’s commitment to work with…

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