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Coming to recognize and understand entrenched racism is a difficult and potentially contentious undertaking—but also a necessary step in challenging and transforming the institutional policies and systems that perpetuate structural racism and oppression in museums. To help advance this work, a group of 24 museum professionals came together in Chicago for a three-day convening on race and racism in museums.

The idea for the convening—called Museums and Race: Transformation and Justice—grew out of a conversation about museum response to Ferguson that The Museum Group (TMG) hosted during the American Alliance of Museums meeting in Atlanta in April 2015. People there were determined to sustain the momentum, and so a planning team was organized to develop the Chicago convening, with TMG as sponsor.

Over the coming weeks we’ll post addition information on the Convening, our way forward and how you can get involved. Keep an eye on this blog. In the mean time, listen to Omar Eaton-Martínez, Daryl Fischer, Porchia Moore, and Brenda Tindal talk about their experience with the Chicago convening on The Museum Life with Carol Bossert.

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