For the majority of our eleven year existence as an all ages show space in Springfield, The Black Sheep’s focus has always been music and art for all ages and not much more than that. We have refrained from getting too “political” because we have felt that existing as the only all ages show space in Springfield and as a means for people of all different backgrounds to express themselves is a strong statement in and of itself.
The results of this past election have us as well as many others in our community angered, disappointed, and some frightened as to what the future may hold. At this point it seems only appropriate for us to make some sort of statement to reiterate that we exist as an outlet of escape and expression for our community, and also that racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia, or any thing of the sort are not tolerated or supported by our space. The owners of this venue and the people who support it always strive to help people feel safe and will continue to do so with even more passion and determination to the best of our abilities and beyond. We absolutely encourage open dialogue at all times, however the abhorrences listed above are absolutely unacceptable and will be acknowledged as such in any event that they are presented.
It seems as it is important now more than ever for our community to come together to support each other and also reach out to other communities that may be negatively effected by this year’s election and need an outlet such as our space to be heard. We will be organizing an event to make this possible on Sunday, December 4th. We want to feature music, art, speakers, and poetry from different backgrounds and give everyone a chance to be heard as well raise money for different charity organizations that need our help in this time.
More info regarding an event will be coming soon- you can reach out to us (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested in helping organize or participate or if you have any other ideas or suggestions as to what our space can be used for to reach out to different communities to help in these times. We are also open to any information regarding protests and recourses offering help to those hurting right now to be posted in our facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/44027523199/
Thank you for listening and as always your continued support.