We condemn racism and prejudice in all its forms and understand the need for significant change to end systemic discrimination in our society. We value inclusiveness, peace and compassion. As an organization built from a grassroots movement, we understand the power of community to effect positive change on society and we stand in solidarity with those who non-violently fight for justice and equality.
This weekend, Playhouse Square and businesses in our district were affected by the events that transpired in downtown Cleveland.
We are thankful and relieved to share that no injuries in our neighborhood were reported and our theaters and The Lumen apartment tower remain unharmed.
At least 17 properties in the Playhouse Square District sustained damage including broken windows and doors, graffiti and internal destruction. Property was stolen from some businesses.
In true Cleveland fashion, on Sunday morning, more than 60 friends of the organization – tradespeople, contractors, vendors and others – arrived on site with carpentry tools and cleaning supplies to voluntarily assist our staff members, some of whom had been working through the night to protect guests in our Crowne Plaza Hotel and secure our facilities. They swept, scrubbed, power-washed and boarded up windows and doors.
We cannot thank them enough, and we are deeply grateful to all who have reached out to us by phone, email and through social media to express their concern.
Through the arts, we explore the joys and the struggles of humanity. We find ourselves reflected in characters we see on stage, are introduced to new people and ideas and confront long-held beliefs. When we can experience the arts together again, it is our hope that they will, as they have so often done before, help us find greater understanding, healing and willingness to see the humanity in each and every person.