Black Lives Matter: Solidarity + Resources and Support

Dear RMG Community,

We all have a part to play in dismantling systemic racism.

We must do more than simply watch what’s happening in cities around the world and feel shock, disbelief, and outrage at the anti-black racism that has continued for hundreds of years.   We must ask ourselves, what is our role? How can we invite dialogue and conversation that isn’t hollow?  We have work to do and need to take concrete actions supported by our values.

We believe that none of our goals are achievable without diversity, equity, and inclusive practice.  As an organization we acknowledge our inherent bias and that not knowing is not an excuse.

We need to do the work, the research, and to listen and learn. These are necessary, uncomfortable conversations.  We hope that by continuing to engage in this work we can confront and break down the structural inequity that creates barriers to the inclusion we want to nurture.

Museums are not neutral. Art has the potential to ignite social change and we empower artists as essential communicators and navigators of our complex times.

We will continue to make missteps on this journey, but if we don’t keep moving forward we risk standing still and not doing all that we can to amplify Black artists and community members.

On our website, we’ve posted links to Black-led organizations you can support and resources we’re turning to on our learning journey.

Take care of each other.

Cheryl Blackman, Chair, Board of Directors                  Lauren Gould, CEO

 


Here are a number of Black organizations and anti-racist groups whose work you can support:

We acknowledge that this list may be incomplete. Please email [email protected] if there are any resources/links that you would like to see added or changed. We welcome all feedback, comments, and conversations.

 

Local Organizations (Durham Region)

Durham Black Educators Network

Durham Black Students Network

Womxn of Colour Durham Collective (WOCDC)

Black Queens of Durham

Women’s Multicultural Resource and Counselling Centre of Durham

 

Ontario/Nation-Wide Organizations and Opportunities to Show Support

Black Health Alliance

Black Led Mental Health

Black Legal Action Centre

Black Lives Matter Toronto

Black Liberation Collective

Black Youth Helpline

Food Share – Not Another Black Life

Justice for Regis

Freedom School

Nia Centre for the Arts

Toronto Black Film Festival

Black Women in Motion

Canadian Anti-Racism Education and Research Society (CAERS)

Federation of Black Canadians

Black Artists’ Network in Dialogue

 

Canadian Authors on Anti-Black Racism

Policing Black Lives by Robyn Maynard

The Skin We’re In by Desmond Cole

Until We Are Free, edited by Rodney Diverlus, Sandy Hudson and Syrus Marcus Ware

 

 

#blacklivesmatter

 

 

In Memory of David Aurandt

The RMG family was saddened to hear of the passing of its former Executive Director, David Aurandt. David led the gallery from 2000 to 2010.

David was a scholar, a Latin-speaking intellect who was deeply generous. His passion was education and he epitomized the maxim “lifelong learner.” His was the unique gift of being able to share from his vast well of knowledge on any number of subjects, and he loved nothing better than the art history classes he taught at Oshawa’s Senior Community Centre, and leading discussions with the RMG’s docents about the exhibitions and gallery collections.

David Aurandt giving a lecture to seniors at the RMG, 2007.

He was a story-teller extraordinaire and you knew if he started one of his tales with “when I was in Thunder Bay,” you may as well make yourself comfortable. Never one to take himself too seriously, he had the ability to tell eye-ball rolling puns and loved people’s reactions to them.

For David, art was a journey of discovery through looking at painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, installation, and anything else one might consider art. He helped so many appreciate our world more completely through that enthusiasm for the visual.

We offer our deepest condolences to David’s wife Anne, his children, grandchildren, and many friends.

The RMG Team

 

David Aurandt

David Aurandt’s retirement dinner, 2010.