The recent surge in hate crimes against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders is rooted in the systemic normalization of nationalism and xenophobia that seeks to destroy our vision of a better world. At BRIC, we celebrate our beloved community of artists, creators, teachers, neighbors and friends. We believe we are enriched by the diversity of this community and will raise our voice against those that believe otherwise. As the great Audre Lorde wrote: “My silences had not protected me. Your silence will not protect you.”

While our grief grows heavy as we hold the memory of those who have passed and those who fear for their safety, we declare that BRIC will always be a safe space for all people and will amplify the voices of those who are catalysts for change. We must continue to build a post-pandemic future that ensures the creative advancement, safety, and happiness of this, our beloved community.