Every other month, The Grand Cinema hosts a special Science on Screen event, pairing a film with a scientific presentation. For our June 12 Science on Screen, we connected with Korean astronaut Soyeon Yi to present before the film Hidden Figures. Once we started promoting the program, the Tacoma Action Collective reached out, sharing that by not including African American women in our presentation, we were excluding and erasing their contributions. We realized we had made a serious mistake and that we must make a change. Here's how we worked with the Tacoma Action Collective to right this wrong:
The Grand Cinema’s donors and supporters accomplished a lot in 2016. At the beginning of the year, we defined three guiding annual priorities - supporting our general operations, growing educational opportunities and the Tacoma Film Festival, and upgrading the in-theater experience - and throughout the year, we reached out to our community with opportunities to support. Read on to learn more about what we did together!