IndyFringe and The District Theatre join in solidarity with African Americans and all people of goodwill decrying oppression and calling for justice in the cases of George Floyd, Ahmaud Aubrey, Eric Garner, Michael Brown and countless others impacted by police violence and institutional murders.  Black Lives Matter. That’s why we pledge and ask our IndyFringe and District Theatre supporters to

  • Use #blacklivesmatter social media and online platforms to underscore your support of justice for the African American community and cultural institutions now and moving forward;

  • Advocate funders and elected officials your stand for equitable funding for institutions of color;

  • Create a radically welcoming space for Black artists and works and for all Black audiences

  • Visit black communities and institutions, invest in small businesses and attend African American events; and,

  • Be the person who doesn’t look like the majority of people in a space and experience the power of that perspective.

We are committed to facilitating the articulation and expression of Black lives, values, culture, issues and dynamics through the performing arts. We will continue cultivating and offering a platform for Black playwrights, actors, directors, producers and those involved at all levels of stage crafts and theatre. We will support those working to restore and repair our downtown, small businesses, and public spaces to make it more inclusive and reflect the positive diversity of Indianapolis.

With a sincere and deep commitment to change,
Gary Reiter on behalf of the Board and Staff of IndyFringe.