The Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival stands in support of our friends and colleagues in communities of color. Like so many of you, we are heartbroken and outraged at the murder of George Floyd at the hands of police officers sworn to protect him. Repeated acts of police brutality, and the attempts to suppress peaceful protests across our country, are part of a deeply-embedded, centuries-long tradition of racial injustice, violence and oppression of people of color.
Arts organizations have a deep responsibility in the present moment, to stand against hatred and racial injustice. We often say that the arts promote empathy, that a great piece of music, painting, sculpture, or poem has the power to lift us above our divisions and inspire us to transcend our personal point of view, to stand in the shoes of another. Now is the time to be true to those values.
As we write, our country is gripped not only by violence but the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, which is disproportionately affecting communities of color and the most vulnerable. Everything feels fragile: our democracy; public health; the economic future of our communities; a sense of common ground, compassion, and shared values.
In this terrible and fearful moment, we urge you to support the artists, poets, musicians, dancers, and writers who are creating works to honor the fallen and to awaken us all. We are placing our faith in the power of art to bring us back to our better selves, to show us the beauty of each other’s faces and souls. We can no longer look away.
Gloria Chien and Soovin Kim, Artistic Directors
Jody Woos, Executive Director
Arnie Malina, President, LCCMF Board of Directors