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April 14th, 2021

A Message from 10th Wave by Violinist and Marketing Director Ashley Ng:


I feel like I have started so many sentences with "this past year has been challenging/difficult/unprecedented" -choose your favorite adjective. It is truly exhausting to live on this planet right now. We are all beyond burned out of quarantining and social distancing from our family and friends and reforming our jobs just to stay afloat - all while shouldering the emotional toll that this year has taken on us, our loved ones, our students, and our community. I don't have the adequate words to express things right now. The fact that a year has passed but we're still seeing the same situations play out is painful.


Our thoughts and prayers are with Daunte Wright and his family, as well as with George Floyd and his family as the trial continues in Minneapolis.


I'm unwillingly accepting that I live in a city and state with a lot of issues that have been covered up for far too long. Ignorance is no longer bliss. Ignorance can NOT be an excuse to ignore systemic racism. The targeted racism in our communities against BIPOC individuals - especially the rise in violence against people of Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Island ethnicity - it's frightening, sickening, and sad to see people who look like me or my family being targeted. And I feel shame in not being more aware of that feeling among people who are routinely racially profiled - but feeling bad doesn't absolve me of my previous inactions.


I am proud to be a part of 10th Wave. We may be a small arts organization here in Minnesota, but our voices, our programs, and our visions are Loud. We do not plan to be quiet. 


We will continue to use our platform to amplify the voices of our peers, artists of color.


We will continue to make our programs donation based and accessible to all who wish to partake in the arts.


We will continue to reflect upon the actions we take as an arts organization and who and what we choose to represent. 


Our choices - as do those of all arts organizations - have an impact on how our community sees itself represented.