Appel Farm Arts & Music Campus joins with artists, musicians, teachers, students, and citizens across the country and around the world in affirming that Black Lives Matter.
We stand in solidarity with George Floyd and our Black and brown neighbors who have been murdered, mistreated, and silenced because of the color of their skin. As an organization dedicated to providing opportunities for people of all ages, cultures and economic backgrounds to transform their lives through the arts, we denounce racism in all its forms and commit ourselves to building a world where all people can live together and express themselves without fear.
Sixty years ago, when many summer camps closed their doors to African American campers, Appel Farm welcomed them in. Appel Farm has built fundamental practices to keep our community diverse and inclusive. We are proud of this work and this legacy. At the same time, we know we need to do more.
We are committed to building an organization that is anti-racist in our structure, our organizational practices, our curricula, and our programming. In everything we do, we will create a community where we actively and consistently affirm the dignity and humanity of all people; where all are welcome to connect, create, support and learn from each other; and where people from every background can experience full freedom of expression and unconditional support against acts of hate and oppression.