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Our commitment: inclusion, access, and achievement for all students

posted Jul 20, 2020, 9:24 AM by Michael Watson   [ updated Jul 20, 2020, 9:29 AM ]
MNSOTA is deeply disturbed and saddened by the murder of George Floyd. This is only the latest example of injustice that BIPOC (Black, Indigeneous, and People of Color) have suffered in
the history of our state of Minnesota and our nation. We acknowledge the structural racism inherent in our institutions and the resulting oppression of our students, friends, and neighbors. For too long, we have perpetuated injustice through complacency and silence. We support Black Lives Matter and the calls for meaningful change in our society. 

Despite initiatives at the state and national level to provide more equitable access, BIPOC remain underrepresented at every level of string playing and teaching. We need to do a better job of providing culturally relevant opportunities for all students in our communities and carefully consider our curriculum choices.

MNSOTA is committed to making meaningful changes to address the inequities in our string community through:
• Elevating eclectic string traditions (mariachi, hip-hop, fiddle, jazz, etc.)
• Supporting the creation and programming of culturally diverse concert literature composed by people of color and other marginalized populations:
• Developing and maintaining a list of works that our organization feels are best to avoid given racially sensitive origins or subject matter
• Providing equitable access to state level events for our entire string community
• Promoting professional development centered around courageous conversations about race, inequity, and trauma
• Diversifying leadership on the MNSOTA board and committees

MNSOTA remains committed to providing accessible and culturally relevant opportunities for string playing. We need all our members to stand together to end racism through thoughtful and
purposeful changes in our classrooms, studios, and everyday lives. 

We welcome your engagement in these conversations. Please reach out to any member of the board if you would like to be more involved in this work.

Here are a couple of Resources shared online by others for finding more Diverse Representations for Orchestra Programming:
Faith Farr,
Aug 27, 2020, 2:12 PM