Dear MAR-AMTA community,
We, the members of the MAR-AMTA Executive Board, acknowledge and apologize for the harm that we have caused and continue to cause by prioritizing the comfort of white, cis, abled, and allistic music therapists over historically marginalized music therapists, students, and stakeholders. We also recognize the harm that has been caused by the American Music Therapy Association and by music therapists during MAR meetings.
We are grateful to everyone who has shared their reactions to the recent apology statement from the AMTA Board of Directors that was released on October 6, 2021. We recognize that the lack of action in relation to statements and the use of minimizing language has caused further harm. We have reached out to the AMTA Board of Directors to request a meeting where together we can explore the harm that has been enacted. We look forward to collaborating on tangible actions that will be put into place on the national and regional levels.
Through the research of the Anti-Oppressive Accountability Ad-Hoc Committee and the gracious labor of those interviewed, we can explicitly name some forms of harm perpetuated by the MAR, and are actively working to dismantle the systems ingrained into the structures and practices of the MAR that have led to silenced voices and unsafe working and volunteer experiences. We appreciate what has been shared directly by community members and the courage it has taken for them to share with us. This report and recommended action steps will be shared in our newsletter and can be found on our website here: https://mar-amta.org/anti-oppressive-report/. A summary and audio files of this report are forthcoming. We will organize a meeting within the next few months specifically for the community to come together to discuss this report.
Additionally, the second iteration of the ad-hoc committee has been formed and charged with the following: Utilize findings of the recent comprehensive report to: 1) research anti-oppressive practice/structures; and 2) explore and gather resources as recommended by the previous Anti-Oppressive Accountability Ad-Hoc Committee. Recommendations and resources for continued anti-oppressive work will be presented to the region and board.
We recognize the importance of being accountable and responsible for the implementation of change within MAR and look forward to hearing from the community throughout this process. You can find our emails in the signature below or through the following link: Executive Board : Mid-Atlantic Region of the American Music Therapy
The MAR-AMTA Executive Board
Cheyenna Eagle, Public Relations Chair firstname.lastname@example.org
Clarissa Lacson, Vice President for Membership email@example.com
Tatyana Martin, Government Relations-Elect firstname.lastname@example.org
Ian Vereen, Vice President-Elect for Conference Planning email@example.com
Nina Alden, Treasurer Elect firstname.lastname@example.org
Beth Deyermond, Immediate Past President email@example.com
Audrey Hausig, President-Elect firstname.lastname@example.org
Amanda Montera, Treasurer email@example.com
Donna Polen, Assembly Chair firstname.lastname@example.org
Meghan Smith, Student Affairs Advisor email@example.com
Stephenie Sofield, Government Relations Chair firstname.lastname@example.org
Janet Spink, Archivist email@example.com
Melissa Srolovitz, Assistant Editor firstname.lastname@example.org
Liz Stevenson, Parliamentarian email@example.com
Lauren Stoner, Secretary firstname.lastname@example.org
Mark Ahola, Editor and Historian email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org
Timothy Doak, Vice President for Conference Planning email@example.com
Bob Miller, President firstname.lastname@example.org