At Antenna, it has been vital for us, before and through this unprecedented moment, that the work we support and feature represents the voices that continue to shape our city into one of the most creative in the world.
Since Antenna’s founding 15 years ago, it has been a space for artists and writers to take creative risks within their work. We are incredibly proud of the projects that have resulted. From intimate chapbooks to large-scale community-centered events, we have built an organization centered on creative change-making in New Orleans that can scale to meet the needs of any idea. This has undoubtedly been the case in recent months as we fostered the development of a citywide support system for the arts community with the launch of Creative Response.
Black culture is the heartbeat of our city, and the work of our organization could not exist without it or the Indigenous lands upon which New Orleans stands. As we bear witness to the national reckoning taking place, it feels more important than ever that we continue to prioritize and deepen our support of Black creators at all levels, alongside the work of those traditionally marginalized in the arts, including Indigenous, people of color, LGBTQ-GNC, women, and people with disabilities.
Antenna remains committed to developing a practice of equitable and inclusive programming with projects, exhibitions, events, and published works that center on social justice and being a vital creative partner in transforming a city built on inequity in a country founded on racist, colonial, carceral, and patriarchal principles. It is important to us that we continue to foster the creative voices that push against those systems, giving us hope to inspire a more just world in the process.
While supporting thoughtful, ambitious, risky, or challenging work, we are also committed to constantly challenging ourselves in the process. We recognize that our work can’t stop at supporting diverse creative voices and that our values must be reflected in the leadership we choose and the internal infrastructure we create. We are in the process of significant internal work to map all levels of Antenna’s future efforts, and we would value your input. If you would like to get involved, email firstname.lastname@example.org.