Columbus Arts Marketing Association (CAMA) cooperatively markets and promotes the arts and culture in greater Columbus. We envision a community where the arts thrive and the participants grow. We can only achieve this by acknowledging systemic inequities, refusing complacency, and working together toward anti-racist goals.
CAMA strongly condemns all acts of racism, including those borne out of the complicity of unchecked and unacknowledged white privilege. CAMA stands with those pursuing justice and equity for Black lives and people of color. The art sector is not neutral in systemic discrimination and institutionalized violence, bearing equal responsibility in perpetuating this system.
We acknowledge our own history and privilege as a predominantly white association with white leadership. We have long struggled to be inclusive and mindful of providing access to members, regardless of size and discipline. We must now be intentional about reversing white privilege and better serving Black, Indigenous, and people of color. We all have personal work to do to understand our intersecting privileges more fully. As a group, we seek to listen, learn, change, and grow.
Words only matter if they are followed by real action. We all live, work, and experience personal spheres of influence. This is what CAMA challenges ourselves to do to combat racism and inequitable systems.
This is an ongoing effort, which depends upon the steadfast commitment of all those associated with CAMA - executive committee, members, presenters, and partners.
We will not reach all of these goals immediately, and we will make mistakes. We will not be dissuaded or discouraged, but continue learning and working.
If you have ideas, feedback, questions, or would like to join CAMA in this work, please email Erin Hoppe at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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