Amplifying, honoring and celebrating Black voices is core to the mission of Throughline Arts. We acknowledge that cultural and educational institutions have been oppressive systems that have silenced Black voices and done irreparable harm to Black communities. We aim to make schools more equitable by facilitating educational partnerships with BIPOC artists and providing training for teachers in culturally responsive practices through the arts. We strive to support tangible transformations in Iowa’s communities by serving as a hub for ongoing discussion and learning. We are committed to advocating for artists of color and providing a platform to share authentic stories, connect with wider audiences, and develop professional skills.