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August 4, 2021

To our patrons

Dear Schack Patrons,

Like so many museums and art galleries, we are in the process of updating our guidelines, policies and language to ensure a safe and inclusive environment for all. Part of this work includes re-examining our exhibits and programs to make certain that they continue to address the art and experiences of people of all communities, including those that have been traditionally marginalized.

Over the years, we’ve hosted a wide range of viewpoints and experiences through our programs and gallery shows. We are always listening and learning. Our staff and board members are actively doing the work of educating themselves and aligning our policies to match with the following equity statement:

"Schack Art Center is striving to be an anti-racist organization committed to the pursuit of social justice. In our work to celebrate and promote the arts for the enhancement of community life, we will intentionally embrace and uplift all people. Schack Art Center will celebrate the voices of people who have been barred from decision-making and who have shouldered the burden of racism."  

Recently, we became aware of several social media posts regarding an upcoming exhibit that was to feature photographs from Bob Fink. We wanted to be transparent regarding this situation.

The Schack Art Center and Bob Fink had agreed to postpone his Artist of the Year show until 2022. Moving Mr. Fink’s show would allow staff the needed time to finalize policies on curating shows and displaying images of indigenous people. The Schack Art Center looks forward to working closely with Mr. Fink to display his work in a manner that highlights his vision and also aligns with the forthcoming policy.

We will continue to share policy updates and changes with you as they are formed. Schack Art Center is committed to the ongoing work of serving our community and celebrating and promoting our artists. We thank you for your support.


Schack Art Center Staff

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