Beaver Dam Area Community Theatre Statement on Racism and Inclusion
Our nation has encountered and persevered through periods of civil and social unrest, pandemics, political turmoil, and economic recessions before, but never all at the same time. During this unprecedented time and as it has persisted for hundreds of years, insidious racism toward people of color continuously threatens their lives and liberty. In this perilous era of racial injustice and inequity in our own communities and country, we can no longer, in good conscience, stay silent. Beaver Dam Area Community Theatre believes that in order for All Lives to Matter, we unequivocally state that Black Lives Matter.
Moreover, BDACT has been, and will continue to be, a place for everyone to be entertained as well as a place to bring forth a greater understanding and honoring of all people. Theater provides a space that brings us together to see each other’s full selves, full identities, and full humanity. While striving to reach new highs in both entertainment and community, we welcome people of all abilities, races, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, religious affiliations and backgrounds. We stand together against racism, prejudice, and violence in all forms. We will be a safe haven for actors, directors, designers, musicians, all BDACT volunteers, and audiences of all social, economic, and cultural backgrounds.
We are proud of our theater as an engaging and collaborative form of art for so many in our communities. We have a duty to engage diverse theater participants and audiences that reflect the demographics of our communities and society. We celebrate our common humanity, yet challenge ourselves to do the difficult work of diving into our differences as we strive to reach a better shared understanding. We know that words alone are not enough. Making this statement meaningful, requires an authentic commitment to a plan of action which will enlighten the true meaning of BDACT’s watchwords, “Theatre for everyone!”
Connect, Create, and Transform Together!
Serve the community with enriching and inspirational performing arts. Create an inclusive environment of engaged volunteers with hands-on learning and opportunities on and off stage. Utilize the BDACT Fine Arts Center to foster goals of education, connections, and quality entertainment.
Values – Education, Diversity, Inclusion, Growth, Creativity, Sustainability, and Excellence.