The Hartford Symphony Orchestra is saddened and outraged by the tragic death of George Floyd at the hands of those who should have protected him, and by the widespread oppression that has taken the life, liberty and dignity of so many African Americans. We recognize the gap between our mission to serve every member of our community and our history of inaction in effectively confronting systemic racism and implicit bias. In solidarity with our Black and brown neighbors, we are committed to look inward, and we acknowledge our responsibility to be a catalyst for change including organizational training, seeking out diverse talent, and developing more inclusive programming.
The Hartford Symphony Orchestra believes passionately in making diversity, equity and inclusion throughout our organization not only a priority but a core value. This value is born of the conviction that inequity, particularly with regard to racial and ethnic diversity, is an unacceptable barrier to effective and lasting community engagement, and artistic vitality. Inspired by the tragic events in our country that have exposed deep and painful divisions, the HSO makes key commitments in five essential areas to bring our conviction to life and effect systemic change: