We want to clearly state that Offroute Art stands in solidarity with our BIPOC artists, supporters, community members, and fellow citizens of the country and the world. We grieve the needless and senseless violence taking place now as well as the violence of the past. Offroute was created as a way to reimagine what an arts organization could be— a beloved community serving artists and supporters from all backgrounds with love, respect, and inclusion. This work continues to grow and evolve over time.
In this spirit, we also believe firmly that we cannot tell anyone how to feel, protest, or mourn, whether in the immediate wake of tragedy or the ongoing pain of 400+ years of trauma and suffering. We do wish you safety and a sincere offer that if there is anything we can do to support anyone at this time— artists, customers, community members— if you are reading this, you *ARE* part of our community— please let us know. It could be resources or support for a fund or project (there is no expiration date on this offer). It could be to help spread information.
Or, if you would ever like to talk about difficult conversations, mediation, restorative practices, or training in how to do so, let us know. Many members of the Offroute community have training and backgrounds in conflict resolution and would be happy to talk at any time, even if it's an informal one-on-one call. In the meantime, we are working internally to create more opportunities for community building, education, and collective growth.
We acknowledge the intersectionality of identities, struggles, and movements. There is so much to be done, but we will push on with you.