**A Statement for Justice, Compassion and an End to Racial Violence**
The Josephy Center for Arts and Culture & Wallowa Valley Arts Council joins millions of Americans in feeling deep sadness about the senseless death of George Floyd and uncertainty about the state of civil unrest in this country and around the world. We stand up against violence, hatred and bigotry of any kind and reach out with compassion and empathy to those who’ve endured racism.
We are committed to making positive changes toward greater diversity and inclusivity within our organizations and will do everything we can to protect human dignity, preserve human rights and act against systemic racism in Wallowa County. The Josephy Center will continue to fulfill our mission as a gathering place where everyone belongs— regardless of age, accomplishment, ethnicity, social or economic status. The Wallowa Valley Arts Council will focus more energy promoting the arts among black, brown and native communities who have been traditionally underserved in the Wallowas. We will continue to celebrate all cultures and provide a platform from which all voices can be heard and promote art, the global language through which all voices can be understood.
This moment in our nation’s history is an opportunity for reflection and ongoing conversation. We welcome your thoughts and ideas about what the Josephy Center & Arts Council can do to advance equality and assist healing in our community.