AAPI Statement of Unity
April 5, 2021
As the nation continues to grieve over the shootings in Atlanta that killed eight people, including six women of Asian descent, The Ringling shares in the feelings of anger and sadness about this horrific act of violence. Across the country there has been an alarming increase in the number of violent and xenophobic incidents targeting Asians, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI). We join President Thrasher and our Florida State University community in condemning these appalling acts.
Asian and Asian American members of our community have been — and continue to be — affected by acts of harassment and intolerance. To those of you who are our neighbors and colleagues, please know that we stand in solidarity with you. Racism against any individuals in our community harms us all and runs contrary to our institutional values, as we strive to be safe and welcoming to everyone inclusive of race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation or gender identity.
As the State Art Museum of Florida, and as home to the Ting Tsung and Wei Fong Chao Center for Asian Art, we are a forum for Asian diaspora voices. We present art and programming that educates, provides opportunity for conversation, fosters understanding, and seeks to make the museum a welcoming space for all.
At this difficult time, we recommit to uplifting the voices and experiences of the broader Asian and AAPI community – to which many of our staff, board, volunteers, members, community partners and visitors belong – and to confront injustice and heal divisions through the power of art.