With you, Omonike. Omonike Akinyemi has shared her story; speaking to the abuse and racism she was forced to experience working at Peak Performances, by Jedediah Wheeler. Her story is from 2015. For too many years, in too many places, and specifically at MSU/Peak Performances - abuse has been protected, measured against care and civil rights and a successful programming season. No real change, no movement to justice or equity has ensued. Let's lift up her voice and know at the same time, there are still too many stories like hers. Like mine. And perhaps like yours, too. In alignment with #NoMoreHarm, in alignment with the calls to action that are a clear, powerful and generative path forward for this institution, and for the performing arts field at large, please read and join more than 1300 arts workers at this petition: https://www.change.org/p/call-to-action-solidarity-with-emily-johnson?utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=custom_url&recruited_by_id=68cab800-6a17-11eb-9355-dff3d1d607f1

Thank you Omonike.

Gathering in Solidarity / #NoMoreHarm

This is arts-workers and audience in solidarity. These are powerful calls to action.

This is the center: we can change what is necessary, together.

I am deeply grateful for support and love from this growing collective. I am honored to share the work of many.


You can find the collectively authored arts-worker Calls to Action / Solidarity Statement below. You can find the collectively authored Arts-worker/Presenter Letter of Support and all related materials embedded in that statement.

Audio for full statement can be found @creatingnewfutures IGTV under the title "A Statement in Solidarity with Emily Johnson & Our Calls to Action"


Emily Johnson

Emily Johnson is an artist who makes body-based work. She is from the Yup’ik Nation, is a land and water protector & lives on the Lower East Side of Mannahatta.

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