The ArtsCenter Issues Statement on HB2


The Board of Directors of The ArtsCenter has unanimously passed a resolution condemning House Bill 2:

“The ArtsCenter is committed to serving the needs of North Carolina’s vibrant and vital creative community by fairly providing access, instruction and resources to all its citizens.  We join the many voices in our community who uphold Carrboro’s proud tradition of individual expression and mutual respect.

We oppose HB2 as an unnecessary, unjust and regressive piece of legislation that strips LGBTQ+ citizens of their legal protections and right to be treated with fairness and respect, while further disadvantaging marginalized communities.  This law is damaging to the social and economic fabric of North Carolina and does not reflect the values of our organization, our community, or our state.

The ArtsCenter urges a complete repeal of HB2.  We are committed to supporting the right of all people to creatively and authentically express themselves without fear of discrimination and bigotry.  We insist on the right of our audiences, students, faculty and staff to be treated with dignity and equality.  We take a stand against oppressive and misguided legislation and reaffirm our mission to provide a safe and welcoming space that accepts enriches the lives of all members of our community, regardless of gender identity and sexual orientation.”

In order to do our part in the fight to repeal this heinous legislation, The ArtsCenter is making a tangible contribution to the cause.  100% of The ArtsCenter’s commission on the sale of work in May’s Nicholson Gallery exhibition will be donated to organizations fighting HB2.  In addition, proceeds from the sale our new The ArtsCenter travel mugs will be donated to the LGBTQ Center of Durham to support their work improving the quality of life for LGBTQ+ people in the area.

View the full press release here.