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This is a moment for listening.

We are postponing our Streaming Saturday event this weekend in order to hear and amplify the voices of our Black colleagues, community members, and friends.  If you had planned to listen to our discussion with directors on Saturday, we urge you instead to join us as we listen to them.

As an organization and a staff we are in the midst of continuing a process of making Olney Theatre Center an institution that walks its anti-Racist talk.  Our goals remain focused on diversifying our staff and audience, empowering new voices on and off our stages, and making sure everyone in our community has access to and ownership of the art we create.  As we move forward with those goals in mind, the first step is educating ourselves in this lifelong process.

While our stream goes silent this weekend, our staff will be listening to, reading, watching, and hearing the resources below.  Please join us and help us on the journey to be an actively anti-racist institution and community.

Read and Listen

The 1619 Project and the introductory essay by Nikole Hannah-Jones
OR listen here

How to Be an Anti-Racist
by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi
He talks about the ideas in the book at The Aspen Ideas Festival. You can watch it here

The Hate U Give
by Angie Thomas

Ain't I a Woman? Black Women and Feminism 
by bell hooks

Between the World and Me
by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Me and White Supremacy
by Layla Saad
Watch her Instagram TV series here.

So You Want to Talk About Race
by Ijeoma Oluo

Codeswitch NPR Podcast


Brown Eye, Blue Eye
Trevor Noah

For Kids

Sesame Street Program on Racism on CNN


13th documentary on Netflix
If Beale Street Could Talk movie on Hulu
Moonlight on Netflix
When They See Us on Netflix
Dear White People on Netflix

More Resources

Campaign  Zero
Scaffolded Anti-Racist Resources

Online Program

Just Ask
(Unfiltered Questions and Answers on Race Relations in America Today)

Sunday, June 7 at 7:00 pm

Join ArtsCentric Artistic Director, Kevin S. McAllister and Company Manager, Shayla Lowe for monthly discussions in the performing arts. ArtsCentric is a color-conscious organization committed to reexamining traditional roles in the arts. In that reexamination, ArtsCentric aims to open new pathways for more diversity, equity, and inclusion in the performing arts on all levels. Throughout the series, Kevin and Shayla aim to bring awareness to a wide range of perspectives, while celebrating the amazing accomplishments of our community and also defining the next steps in the performing arts ensuring progress continues.

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