AFMC Celebrates Pride Month

While George Floyd’s death sparked a worldwide movement, the murders of at least 12 transgender Americans so far this year have occurred almost unnoticed. According to FBI statistics, nearly one in five hate crimes is motivated by bias against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) Americans of all races.

While we are embracing Black Lives Matter, Pride Month reminds us that LGBTQ lives and livelihoods also matter. Pride celebrations, which have gone virtual this year, commemorate the June 1969 riots at New York’s Stonewall Inn, often considered the beginning of the modern-day gay rights movement. While many people think the struggle is over — and even mistakenly believe that LGBTQ Americans now enjoy “special” rights — 28 states do not prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, and there is no federal protection.

In 1998, Dr. Martin Luther King’s widow, Coretta Scott King, said, “Homophobia is like racism, anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry, in that it seeks to dehumanize a large group of people — to deny their dignity, their humanity and their personhood.”

The board members of the Arts Foundation of the Mid-Columbia celebrate the diversity of the arts community and believe that discrimination of any kind is unacceptable, whether it’s based on race, religion, gender, sexual orientation or gender identity.

AFMC supports Pride Month and equality for all Americans.

Arts Foundation of the Mid-Columbia

Statement on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

We value the diversity of cultures within our communities. The Arts Foundation of the Mid-Columbia (AFMC) recognizes the individual differences along the aspects of race, ethnicity, age, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, physical disabilities, nationality language, religious beliefs, and socioeconomic background. AFMC is committed to partnering with organizations, businesses, and individuals that share our dedication to creating and maintaining an inclusive environment with equitable treatment for all. Equity, diversity, and inclusion is essential to the creation of high-quality art.

During this time of social unrest, we wish to support the artistic vibrancy and cultural diversity of our community in the Mid-Columbia region. We encourage and invite people to engage in visual dialogue to express their experience. Normally we would present the “Artist of the Week”, however, we have decided to pause for a couple of weeks. Instead we will listen and learn from the community’s collective voice.

Board of Directors

Arts Foundation of the Mid-Columbia

2020 Literary Arts Survey

Since 2010, the Arts Foundation of the Mid-Columbia (AFMC) has been facilitating the Rivers of Ink annual writers’ conference, aiming to inspire, encourage, cultivate and connect writers and promote readership in the Mid-Columbia. The Arts Foundation of the Mid-Columbia is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

To understand the current literary arts landscape and to continue AFMC’s mission of celebrating and cultivating the literary arts, we invite regional writers to participate in the “AFMC Literary Arts Planning Survey.” In a time of global pandemic, your voices will provide valuable information that will help us move forward and prepare future events. The survey will be closed on May 25, 2020. Thank you.
The Literary Committee, Arts Foundation of the Mid-Columbia.