To our Arvada Center Community

Black Lives Matter.

This is a moment.

In this moment, our hearts break for George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and countless others.  

In this moment, we reflect and ask: can we call ourselves inclusive if we remain silent about the heinous injustices taking place in front of our very eyes?  

The answer resounds clearly.  We take this moment to declare our truth as an organization and to raise our voices against racism and white supremacy.

This is a moment of truth.  We see you.  We stand with you.  

The Arvada Center's mission is to celebrate and elevate the human condition and to expand the cultural landscape for everyone who visits us. We believe art has the power to remind us of our common humanity, to create empathy for those different from us and find connection in the things we share. With that in mind, we hold ourselves accountable to do better, and ask our community to do the same. 

We acknowledge our own responsibility and culpability within a society that is inherently inequitable, and how we ourselves have contributed to this inequity.  We know that actions are more meaningful than statements.

During this time when listening is key to increasing inclusion, President and CEO Philip Sneed and the Arvada Center leadership would like to hear from you.

If you have comments, concerns, or ideas about how the Arvada Center can learn and become more inclusive, we welcome your feedback at

Amplify Series

“Amplify” gives voice to Black creatives through music, performance, dance and spoken word. The first part of this series features 15 Black male performers whose voices have not been heard loudly enough - at the Arvada Center or beyond.

Produced by Betty Hart, the first episode in this series features five dynamic contributions ranging from Shakespeare and musical theatre classics, to spoken word, to the song often called the Black national anthem.

AMPLIFY: EPISODE 1 - Featuring Kenny Moten, AJ Voliton, Lavour Addison, Brandon Metoyer, and Abner Genece.

AMPLIFY: EPISODE 2 - Featuring Dwayne Carrington, Joseph Graves, Trent Hines, Michael Peters and Randy Chalmers.

We would love to know your thoughts on this episode. How did these performances and perspectives make you feel? Do they inspire you to action? How do you want to see change happen at the Arvada Center, or our community, or our country?

If you have comments or questions on this series, you can send them to  


Curated by actor and director Betty Hart, this series features the voices of 15 performers from across Colorado. We hope you join us on Friday to watch, and start the beginning of this conversation about racial equity at the Center.  

Episodes in this ongoing series will be released on a bi-weekly basis.  The current series will be released on the following schedule:

Episode 3 - July 24, 2020


Preston Adams
Lavour Addison
Leonard Barrett
Dwayne Carrington
Randy Chalmers
Abner Genece
Joseph Graves
Trent Hines
Cajardo Lindsey
Brandon Metoyer
Kenny Moten
Christopher Page-Sanders
Michael Peters
AJ Voliton
Owen Zitek

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