This past week has seen profound grief, anger, and engagement by communities across the nation. The Carpenter Center stands in solidarity with our black artists, patrons, campus colleagues, students and community in demanding change, accountability, and reform.
The recent deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless others deserve more than our present attention. Brutality and racism—and the disproportionate suffering inflicted on communities of color by COVID-19 and the economic crisis—are real and ongoing.
We support change in our institutions, our campus, and in ourselves. In the words of CSULB President Jane Close Conoley, “We can do better. We must do better. We will do better.”
Megan Kline Crockett
We are canceling tomorrow's Shakespeare Aloud reading, but invite you to join us on our usual Shakespeare Zoom call for an open conversation about overcoming racism, and how we as individuals and arts organizations can do better.
May 26, 2020
Last week, California State University, Long Beach announced that its fall semester will be conducted primarily through remote instruction. This announcement may affect the Carpenter Center’s ability to host large events into the fall season, which traditionally begins in September. We are working closely with our artists, resident companies, and the university to determine when we can announce upcoming performances. For now, we will continue to do our part to ensure the health and safety of our community, and look forward to reopening when we’re able to provide a safe environment for our patrons, our artists, crew, and staff.
Though our doors are temporarily closed, I know that the Carpenter Center is much more than a building. We are a resilient community of engaged, arts-minded fans of the performing arts. Please know that the Carpenter Center is pursuing original, first-class entertainment that we can experience together online and in other creative ways. Join our mailing list and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram to receive future announcements of what we have in store.
My thanks to CSULB President Jane Close Conoley for her leadership during this crisis, and for prioritizing the health and safety of students, staff, and our campus community. To everyone who has expressed your love and support—thank you.