A Statement of Solidarity from The Wallis


“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
 
"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
 
The Wallis wants to express our solidarity with Black artists and colleagues who walk our halls with us, as well as the beautiful diverse communities of Los Angeles, California and our nation.
 
As a Performing Arts Center and cultural hub, we will continue to use our platform to elevate the voices of artists that need hearing; and telling the stories that need to be told. We will strive to always challenge ourselves to do more to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion, as well as to confront racism. We will continue to welcome ALL through our doors.

In fulfilling our mission, we hold the following Board-approved policies and institutional core values close:
 
- The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts is committed to presenting and producing art works that reflect many perspectives, consistently showcasing artists from underrepresented groups.
 
- We believe that the performing arts have the capacity to transform individual lives and societies as a whole. We present works of art that explore current issues that impact people's lives to ensure programming relevance and resonance.
 
- We strive to provide an artistic sanctuary in which people can hear, learn about, and discuss difficult or controversial issues.
 
- We respect, honor, commit to and celebrate the full range of diverse backgrounds, abilities, identities and orientations that comprise our community, our country and our world. We are committed to equity; to deliberately elevating the voices of those who have not always been heard, using the platform we have to give voice to marginalized groups. We hope our audiences will mirror the wonderful diversity of our local community and our region.