Metropolitan Anti-Bias Action Committee (MABAC)

Mission, Vision, and Values Statement

To become the inclusive community we aspire to be, we must treat each other equitably and
with respect, creating an environment where no voices are silenced and all of us can thrive.

The Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) has established this Anti-Bias Action Committee with the
primary aim of developing and implementing strategies to foster a culture of diversity, understanding,

equity, anti-bias, and inclusion across the MSA community. MABAC welcomes input from MSA stu-
dents, faculty, staff, families, and friends as we seek to accomplish those objectives.

Mission
Our mission is to intentionally foster diversity, understanding, equity, anti-bias, and inclusion in every

action and area of the organization in order to provide an environment of excellence in which each stu-
dent, faculty, staff, family, and community member is able to nurture self and group identities while cul-
tivating empathy and respect for differences; promote critical thinking skills about bias; and foster cou-
rage to stand up against discrimination.

Vision

MSA champions diversity, understanding, equity, anti-bias, and inclusion for and on behalf of its stu-
dents, faculty, staff, families, and community members by supporting anti-bias education and practices,

professional development, equity in hiring, and involvement of parents and other members of the MSA
community.


Values

MABAC supports and seeks to advance the following values:
• Diversity and inclusion of all people at all levels of the organization. Specifically, address how
differences in power and possibilities align with social categories and identities, and how these
differences distinguish individuals and groups in ways that privilege some and constrain others.

• Active leadership by supporting anti-bias education, professional development, nondiscrimina-
tion in hiring, and encouraging the involvement of students, faculty, staff, families, and commu-
nity.

• Accountability for diversity, understanding, equity, anti-bias, and inclusion goals and objectives.

• Engagement with external stakeholder groups that support MSA’s community values and that
help to ensure that diversity, understanding, equity, anti-bias, and inclusion initiatives, actions,
and results are achieved.

MLK Day Social Justice Service Project

The MSA Anti-Bias Action Committee (MABAC) is pleased to announce our first Community Service activity commemorating Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a national holiday that we celebrate each year in January.

The project is open to all current MSA Studio, Academy, and Homeschool students. All participants will have the opportunity to present their works and to participate in a $100 gift card raffle during our MLK Day “virtual” event on Monday, January 18, 2021!


Project Details

One of Dr. King’s most famous works is not a speech or a sermon. Rather, it is a letter he wrote from a Birmingham, Alabama jail in 1963. (He was arrested for leading a civil rights march without a permit from the City.) In his “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” Dr. King wrote:

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an

inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny.

Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”

Using any form of positive artistic expression – for example, a song, dance, essay, or drawing – describe what the passage above means to you and how you believe it applies to modern times and current events in the U.S. and throughout the world.

Participants may submit any one of the following original (written by you) works (only one submission per student):

    • 1 to 1.5 minute dance (performed and/or choreographed)
    • 1 to 2 minute song
    • 1.5 to 2 page essay, speech or letter
    • 1 to 2 minute monologue, performed by you or someone else
    • Another form of expressive art created by you, like photography, sketch, painting, etc.

Submission Deadline

The deadline for submitting service projects is Friday, January 8, 2021. All submissions must be emailed to MABAC@metropolitanarts.org.

About the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. King was a tireless advocate for the dignity, social, racial and economic justice, and human rights of all people. He repeatedly risked life and limb as a stalwart servant-leader in the American civil rights movement, but also fought on behalf of all those throughout the world whose voices could not, or would not, be heard.

At the age of 34, Dr. King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his “nonviolent struggle for civil rights.” He remained committed to that mission literally until the day he was killed, four years later, on April 4, 1968.