5/4/22 BKCM Statement on Violence

March 4, 2022

To the BKCM Community,

As shocking and senseless acts of violence locally and around the world escalate, the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music (BKCM) acknowledges the intense sorrow and pain that so many in our community are experiencing. From violent anti-Asian attacks in New York City to the war in Ukraine, it seems like each day brings more confusion and devastation. Alongside the ongoing pandemic – which has introduced layers of trauma over the past two years – these cataclysmic events can feel so much harder to endure.

Please know – we are here for our entire community. We stand in solidarity with all who are facing violence and persecution, here and around the world. BKCM will always strive to be a safe and affirming place for all people to come together and experience joy, creativity and healing through music.

In difficult times, music can be a source of uplift, of relief, of joy and hope. We invite you to join us for one of our many March music events. The talents of our incredible performers are sure to provide some light in these dark times. You’re also invited to join us any day of the year in the BKCM Garden – a safe public space where all are welcome to sit, relax and enjoy the music coming from our building.

We hope that you are all taking the space and care you need at this time and that you will reach out to us at action@bkcm.org if there is anything we at BKCM can do. For those seeking resources – for your children or yourselves – regarding how to cope with these difficult events, please visit bkcm.org/dei. There you can also learn more about how we are working to become a more diverse, equitable and inclusive organization.

As the week draws to a close, we at BKCM wish you a peaceful weekend.

In hope and solidarity,

The Brooklyn Conservatory of Music