Relevance, Equity, Access, Diversity and Inclusion (READI)

Dear Boulder Suzuki Strings Community,

The events that have occurred over this past week have weighed heavily on our hearts here at Boulder Suzuki Strings. Today, tomorrow and every day moving forward, we are strongly committed to educating ourselves about the longstanding racism and inequality that is embedded in our institutions in order to have productive conversations on how to proceed in a positive and progressive way in our arts community. It’s important that we seriously contemplate what actions we need to collectively take to support the Black Community and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color).

Boulder Suzuki Strings takes an uncompromising stand against the atrocities of racism and the oppression, marginalization, and inequity perpetrated upon human beings of diverse religion, gender identity and orientation, race, and socioeconomic status.

Acknowledging that it is just a starting place, Boulder Suzuki Strings has created a Relevance, Equity, Access, Diversity and Inclusion (READI) committee. The READI committee is strongly dedicated to examining and actively influencing the ways in which our organization operates. We pledge to expand our curriculum, diversify our programming, and increase the accessibility of the opportunities we provide.

As teachers, we are dedicated to forwarding Dr. Suzuki’s advocacy of justice and honoring the action-forward life he led. In the words of Dr. Suzuki, “To make a resolution and act accordingly is to live with hope. There may be difficulties and hardships, but not disappointment or despair if you follow the path steadily. Do not hurry. This is a fundamental rule. If you hurry and collapse or tumble down, nothing is achieved. Do not rest in your efforts, this is another fundamental rule. Without stopping, without haste, carefully taking a step at a time forward will surely get you there.”

We shall not rest in our efforts.