Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging
In the simplest terms, Upper Valley Music Center stands against racism and violence and for justice, opportunity, and voice for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color members of our community. Black lives matter. Black art matters. Black music matters.
We care deeply about making UVMC a place that is welcoming to all and where every voice can be valued and heard. We are ready to listen to and learn from those who live with these injustices every single day and let their words be our compass for change.
While important, a statement of values is not enough. UVMC’s Strategic Plan includes goals to increase access to music education and to pursue diversity within our organization. We recognize that what we have done so far is not enough. These established goals provide a framework for us to act personally and locally, and we are committed to more action and accountability.
Making music is a deeply human act, and UVMC’s contribution to justice and equity is rooted there. Not necessarily in everyone making the same music, but in recognizing our shared humanity in everyone who plays or sings a note.
Upper Valley Music Center Board of Directors, Faculty, and Staff
JAG Productions, a black owned and directed arts company in the Upper Valley, has issued a powerful statement that can help access resources to guide that work. Read their statement, and support their work here.