At The Cabin, we believe in creating human connections through words. In the wake of the events in Charlottesville, we’ve been thinking about what we can do as individuals and as an organization to promote and enact equity, inclusivity, and diversity and fight bigotry, racism, and white supremacy. With this in mind going forward, we pledge to:
- Amplify the voices and stories of marginalized individuals. This coming year, we’re excited to welcome four self-identified writers of color for our Readings & Conversations series. Through Writers in the Schools, we’ll continue to send creative writers to work with incarcerated students in juvenile detention centers and with newcomers to this country in area schools.
- Understand the barriers to establishing a more diverse and inclusive base of teachers, writers, members, and learners. We’re working on initiatives that directly address these barriers and ensure The Cabin is a safe and welcoming space for difficult conversations.
- Create and change our own programs throughout the coming year in response to our community’s particular needs and challenges as they arise. Our free monthly writing workshop and our tuition-based classes will include offerings with a focus on social justice topics.
As a center for readers and writers, we celebrate the written word as a form of creating the world not just as one wishes it to be, but also as it is. As the poet Audre Lorde reminds us, “Your silence will not protect you.” We invite you to break that silence through reading, writing, and learning with us at The Cabin.
We need to do better, and we are listening. Please contact any of us via phone, email, or in person if you have any suggestions or concerns.
– The Cabin Staff
Patron Services & Events Manager
Program and Education Manager