(A mural in Minneapolis by Xena Goldman, Cadex Herrera, Greta McLain, Niko Alexander, and Pablo Hernandez)

In the name of George Floyd, and the many others named and unnamed, the Arts & Business Council of Chicago acknowledges the pattern of racist violence against black bodies.

(Mural by Artist Celos -Los Angeles, CA. Credit: RINGO H.W. CHIU / AP)

We condemn police brutality and stand in solidarity with those protesting the violence against and murders of black people. 

(Artist Octavio Logo works from scaffolding as he paints Monday a mural in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and in reaction to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on the exterior wall of the Spring Shop Studio in South Fayetteville. Credit-NWA Democrat-Gazette/David Gottschalk)

Black Lives Matter. 

Black Creativity Matters. 

Black Communities Matter. 

(Mural by Octavio Logo. via Clarissa Bustamante– Fayetteville, AR)

The Arts & Business Council of Chicago commits to listening to the communities who have been deeply wounded by not only Mr. Floyd’s tragic death but generations of hate and systemic racial discrimination.  

(Mural by tvboy. El Born Centre of Culture & Memory- Barcelona, Spain)

To contribute to real change, the Arts & Business Council of Chicago commits to championing policies and practices to disrupt systemic inequities and put an end to racist and oppressive systems within the arts and creative sector where we can have the most impact. 

(Memorial artwork by Theoplis Smith III (a.k.a. Phresh Laundry), depicting George Floyd as Radio Raheem, from Spike Lee’s “Do The Right Thing.” The character is choked to death in the film.)

The Arts & Business Council of Chicago encourages our colleagues to join us, individually and corporately, to listen, learn, and love. 

The Staff of the Arts & Business Council of Chicago have made donations to: 

Color of Change– the nation’s largest online racial justice organization 

Campaign Zero a comprehensive platform of research-based policy solutions to end police brutality in America 

Chicago Community Bond Fund– pays bond for people charged with crimes in Cook County.

For more information on ways to support acts of anti-racism, visit https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/.