Recent tragedies in our community and across the country have unveiled the systemic racism that African American members of our community have experienced for far too long.The inherent injustices surrounding the death of Breonna Taylor, who would have turned 27 today, illustrate the reality of unjust systemhere in Louisville.

We stand united with our neighbors in Kentucky and around the world who seek justice against racism.

We stand united to combat the systems and biases that persist in our field that perpetuate injustice against our African American neighbors, performers and artisans.

We stand united in support of the people of color in our community as we fight against institutionalized racism in our world.

We believe that opera has a significant role to play in promoting empathy, compassion, enlightenment, and justice in our community.

We believe it is our responsibility to continually foster artful dialogue that represents, reflects, celebrates, and serves the diversity of our Commonwealth.

We invite you to continue the conversation with us as we work to create an inclusive community with the following eye-opening panel discussions organized by leaders in the field.

Making Change

This panel hosted by Opera America took place earlier this week discussed ways that opera companies and the entire field can change to become more equitable. This recorded session also discussed dynamics of organizational change and how they can be applied to achieving racial justice in opera.

Equity & Diversity in the Arts

Long Beach Opera will host this conversation on Sunday June 14th at 7 pm ET to discuss racism in arts and the field of opera. This virtual event will include a key note speech by revered scholar Naomi André, performances from some of today’s most incredible talents including Solomon Howard, Julia Bullock and John Holiday, and two separate panel discussions from a diverse array of artists, scholars and activists on a variety of topics.