To the MoPOP community – We want to acknowledge the difficulty of this moment: the hardship brought on by COVID-19 as we face a reckoning with the racism that poisons our communities. We stand in solidarity with those here in Seattle and around the country speaking out against violence perpetrated against Black and Brown people. We condemn violence, hatred, and discrimination in all of their ugly manifestations.
Our museum celebrates pop culture in all its forms and by all of its creators. We see pop culture as a unifying force, a source of inspiration, and a tool for understanding—all things that are urgently needed right now. Music, film, and other popular art forms can be powerful forces in exposing and undermining systems of oppression.
We intend to continue to be a place of both solace and inquiry even in the most trying times. We will also continue the work to improve our institution’s approach to equity and inclusion and to find ways to be a forum for examining the issues of systemic racism, inequality, and violence that wound our society and, in particular, communities of color. We will always endeavor to be a force for change and healing.