A joint statement from YANY’s staff and Board of Directors

Young Audiences New York prides itself on bringing joy to the hearts of our future generation by leveraging the arts as a catalyst for change. The ongoing injustices against people of color have propelled us to chant “Black Lives Matter” and call for systemic change and accountability.

We breathed a sigh of relief on April 20th when George Floyd’s life was honored. However, our lungs fill with cries of anguish as 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant’s life falls victim to systemic racism and police brutality. We yearn for justice, yet true justice would be if they were still here.

At YANY, we stand resolute in the knowledge that there is space not just for sorrow but for inspiration. We are inspired to create a world where young people are empowered to lift their voices, paintbrushes, cameras, and creative minds and bring about revolutionary change.