In the last few weeks, we have witnessed senseless murders of eight people, six of whom were women of Asian descent. The names of those murdered are: Delaina Ashley Yaun, Xiaojie Tan, Daoyou Feng, Paul Andre Michels, Yong Yue, Suncha Kim, Hyun J. Grant, and Soon Park. In addition, the United States has experienced a 150% increase this year in violence against Asians, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islanders.
As part of the Studio in a School Association, we are committed to addressing racial inequity in our city and our country, and we condemn brutality and violence against Asian people. Now is the time use our art to challenge our assumptions, reflect, and actively confront racism in our communities.
In times of suffering, art helps us to heal, to find solace and strength, and to take action. We stand in solidarity with the #StopAsianHate movement. Our commitment to the principles of inclusion, diversity, equity, and access have been tested many times this year, and we are dedicated to ensuring those we serve thrive, one artwork at a time.
Studio Institute stands in solidarity with the Asian, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islander community to help end this cycle of hate and bigotry. Young people deserve a climate that is free of racism and bias, where their growth, health and safety come first. May we continue to amplify their voices through artmaking, creativity, and participation in the communities where they live and learn.
President, Studio Institute