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Join us May 18-20, 2020 for our virtual
Museums & Race Transformation and Justice Lounge

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#MuseumsandRace2020 is an opportunity for EVERYONE to stay engaged and shape a more equitable field for the future.

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Please note: This is a pay/donate what you can conference. All donations support future Museums & Race initiatives. Each session is limited to 500 people. (updated 5/15)


 CYPHER SCHEDULE

MONDAY  |  MAY 18, 2020

12 Noon EST / 9AM PST

Performing Racial Identity in the Museum
Panelists: Dr. Dana Carlisle Kletchka and Dr. Joni Boyd Acuff

Using Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s 2018 “APESHIT” as an example, we suggest that autobiographical performative museum pedagogy serves as a critical “mining” of dominant curatorial narratives and as an intervention to counter the erasure of specific raced and gendered bodies. In this cypher, we discuss how this concept can inform museum exhibitions and programming.

 

2PM EST / 11AM PST

Confronting a Legacy: Historic House Museums & White Supremacy
Moderator: Jana Shafagoj
Panelists: Kevin Grigsby, Simone Jacobs, Lori Kimball, and Peighton Yong

Since the 19th century, historic sites have collectively supported a version of American history focused on idolizing wealthy white males as heroes within an American mythology. Generations have relied on this false narrative to rationalize injustices large and small. Through acknowledging the role our sites have played in perpetuating this history and then committing to understanding and sharing a more truthful account, we can have a positive effect on our communities and the nation.

 

5PM EST / 2PM PST

Feminist Methods to Center Margins, Catalyze Change and Foster Justice in Museums
Moderator: V. Gina Diaz 

This roundtable shares methods and results of a collaborative action research project aimed at challenging institutional standards, catalyzing change, and fostering justice in museum. Inspired by feminist and social movement maxims of studying up, moving margins to the center, and leader-full organizing, a collective of geographically dispersed artists, museum-workers, and academics identified key indicators that are resonant and revealing of institutional equity.

 

TUESDAY  |  MAY 19, 2020

12 Noon EST / 9AM PST

Decolonizing the Penn Museum’s Africa Collections
Moderator: Kate Quinn
Panelists: Dr. Tukufu Zuberi, Dr. Monique Scott, and Jessica Bicknell

Is it possible to dismantle the impact of the colonial narrative on exhibiting material culture in Western Museums? Creators of the new Africa Galleries at the Penn Museum discuss their approach, outcomes, and experiences in this interactive discussion.

 

2PM EST / 11AM PST

Teaching Against Oppression and Exclusion in Museums: Mapping Black and Latinx Queer Stories to “Latinx History Now!” Youth Centered Resistance
Moderator: Therese Quinn

Sharing ideas from practice and the 2020 book, School: Questions About Museums, Culture, and Justice to Explore in Your Classroom, this presentation offers resources and examples for school and museum-based educators. While flawed, as storehouses of culture, presenters show that museums can be tapped to powerfully support social justice.

 

5PM EST / 2PM PST

M&R Virtual Happy Hour and Poster Session- Imagine a [Radical] Future

ALL ARE WELCOME!

You’re invited to join us for an hour of sharing and celebration, emphasis on  “RADICAL.” Bring your wildest ideas and favorite beverage for an hour of jamming and planning for a radical future.

 

WEDNESDAY  |  MAY 20, 2020

12 Noon EST / 9AM PST

Museum Workers’ Relief Fund: Museum Worker Solidarity in Action
Panelists: Anniessa Antar (@anniessafatima), Alyssa Greenberg (@GreenbergAlyssa), Hannah Heller (@museum_matters), Christian Ramirez, Paula Santos (@pablitasan), Kate Swisher (@kate_swisher)

It has become clear to us that when our institutions will not stand in solidarity with us, we must stand in solidarity with each other. This is why we have come together to organize a mutual aid relief fund for museum workers.

 

2PM EST / 11AM PST

On the Walls, In the Halls: Diversity and Inclusion in Exhibitions and Staffing
Panelists: Nicole Bond, Mayra Palafox, and Jason Pallas

Join this participatory workshop as we delve into various dimensions of museum practice that impact our sense of inclusivity. We will draw from the experiences of Smart Museum educators to facilitate group conversation and short re-enactments, with a goal of collectively creating a tool for addressing instances of racial exclusion after the fact.

 

 

Museums & Race Report Card | Ask and ye shall receive! Use and ye shall cite!

You saw it at AAM. You spied it at NYCMER and AASLH. You coveted your own copy not cropped from someone’s Twitter feed. Behold the Museums and Race Report Card in your own printer-friendly format.

This report card is inspired by the work and professional reflections of many dedicated individuals who have collaborated with Museums and Race since its inception.

Share it widely. Use it wisely.

And since it appears we have to state the obvious these days in the face of alt-facts and suspiciously reference-free content, please remember to Cite. Your. Sources. 

(updated 2019)  download >>  mr-rack-card_c2019-museumsandrace_v3_hires

 

(2018 version)

 

 

 

SEE YOU IN NOLA! Museums & Race at AAM 2019

This year WE ALL GET FREE! 

We can’t wait to see you at this year’s American Alliance of Museums conference in New Orleans. We’ve got so much planned and cannot wait to share it with you. If you need a break, a lift, a moment of inspiration, we’ve got you. (Expo Hall – Booth 1112)

Follow @museumsandrace and #museumsandrace to stay in the know!

Co-sponsored by our friends at MASS Action:

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All the Things:

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Join Museums and Race, the Empathetic Museum, MASS Action and The National WWII Museum for We All Get Free, a restorative retreat for museum practitioners who seek to build network and meaningful connections with other professionals who share a deeper understanding of museum practice as it relates to social justice. This 4-hour workshop consists of five components: Self-Care, Restorative Justice, a Dialogic component, Wellness, and an Interactive Creative component.
Co-Sponsored by our friends at University of Florida Museum Studies Program


COMMUNITY CYPHER DIALOGS

Cypher Feature POW NO BACKGROUND - Paul OrselliJoin round table hosts to discuss a range of contemporary issues around race, image, representation, access, and identity. Grab coffee or lunch and join us for some real talk. Monday 1-2pm, 3-4pm; Tuesday 10-11am, Noon-1pm, 1-2pm, 3:15-4:15pm, Wednesday, 8:30-9:30am (schedule details below)
Sponsored by our friends at POW!

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RELAXATION NOOKS 

Need a moment to catch your breath, close your eyes, and prepare for your next networking challenge? Check out our colorful relaxation pods and take a moment to clear your head and nourish your soul! Open during all Expo Hall hours.
Sponsored by our friends at Quatrefoil


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We’ve partnered with local Level Artist Collective to engage loungers in exploring these mediums for personal expression and building community identity. Come get your hands dirty — we’ll provide the wet wipes.
Sponsored by our friends at Historical Research Associates 


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Drop by Tuesday from 4:30-5:30 for a Networking Happy Hour.  Take a moment, connect with colleagues, and build a strong network of industry professional committed to challenging and re-imagining institutional policies and systems that perpetuate oppressions in museums.
Sponsored by our friends at Balboa Park Cultural partnership


MUSEUMS & RACE REPORT CARD

Join us Monday 1-2 pm for a frank conversation about Museums and Race. As the museum industry comes under increased scrutiny about policies surrounding race, diversity, inclusion, and representation, we take this opportunity to reflect on events from the past year to celebrate excellence, challenge mistakes, and identify opportunities for continued growth and forward momentum. From exhibition, to programming, to governance, to funding, issues of equity will continue to challenge us personally and professionally. How will we meet these challenges and grow our capacity to serve our communities?


Schedule:

SATURDAY, MAY 18 | Noon – 4pm
WE ALL GET FREE Pre-conference Workshop
The National WW II Museum

MONDAY, MAY 20 | Noon – 5:30pm
Museums & Race Lounge
Interactive Artist Installation

Community Cypher | 1-2pm
AAM Museums & Race Talk Back

Community Cypher | 3-4pm
Inclusive Leadership: The Rise of DEAI Officers

TUESDAY, MAY 21 | 10am – 5:30pm
Museums & Race Lounge
Interactive Artist Installation

Community Cypher | 10-11am
Naming and Subverting Whiteness in Museum Education

Community Cypher | Noon-1pm
Insisting on Equity: Collaborative Strategies through MASS Action

Community Cypher | 1-2pm
We Have a Place Here: Mixed Race and Museums

Community Cypher | 3:15-4:15pm
Is That Hung White: Representation in Exhibition Design

“HAPPY HOUR” and MR Poetry Slam | 4:30 – 5:30pm

WEDNESDAY, MAY 22 | 8:30am – Noon
Museums & Race Lounge

Community Cypher | 8:30-9:30am
Empathy: Core vs Cosmetic


Special Thanks to:

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Laissez les bons temps rouller!


Looking forward to 2020

If you’re interested in serving on the 2019-2020 Museums & Race Steering Committee, let us know! 

Super shirts for a super crew! (AAM 2019)

It’s that time again.
Time for critical conference wardrobe decisions.*
(order by April 29 to ensure pre-AAM delivery)


Limited edition We All Get Free

*Proceeds from the sale of this shirt go to support the ongoing work of Museums and Race as we reclaim space for action on issues of diversity, equity, inclusion, and access in the field and support one another in this work.

WE <3 OUR SPONSORS!

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Museums and Race #AAM2019 Sponsorship Opportunities are Live!

We’re looking for a few more generous souls to help us make the 2019 Museums and Race Transformation and Justice Lounge and WE ALL GET FREE Pre-conference the best it can be.

Does that sound like you or your organization?

Learn more or jump in and sign-up at the right level for you.

Your financial support ensures that the Transformation & Justice Lounge remains THE go-to space in #AAM2019 Expo Hall for: meaningful networking, recharging (your spirit + your phone), quiet reflection, lightening talks, community cyphers, and collaborative art.

For real, for real, your financial support:

  • puts snacks on the table, 
  • streams documentaries on the TV, 
  • adds “1-2-3” to the microphone check, 
  • places essential oils in the relaxation corner, 
  • prints the newly re-designed Report Cards,
  • covers processing fees for the new t-shirts

and NEW for 2019,

You can sponsor/gift a colleague’s attendance to Museums and Race’s
“WE ALL GET FREE” Retreat and Restorative Experience (May 18th) 
http://bit.ly/MuseumsAndRaceNOLA

YOU’RE INVITED: 2019 Pre-AAM Retreat in NOLA

Dear museum colleagues:

  • Feeling discouraged and stressed in your antiracist and social justice work?
  • Getting resistance to ideas you’ve brought to your institutions from inspiring convenings and workshops?
  • Grappling with the prevalence of unconscious bias either in the treatment you receive or in your own thinking and responses?

Join us for four hours of reflection, sharing, and skill building in the context of our common work on Saturday, May 18, 2019.

TO LEARN MORE & REGISTER, click here!

And many thanks to our workshop partners:  The Empathetic Museum, MASS Action, and The National World War II Museum

WE ALL GET FREE retreat + restorative experience (AAM 2019)

SEE FINAL MUSEUMS & RACE LOUNGE SCHEDULE HERE

 


This year, WE ALL GET FREE!

We hope you’ll join us at the American Alliance of Museums conference (May 18-22)

The 4th Annual Transformation and Justice Lounge engages Local Artists to tell the unique stories of New Orleans; hosts Community Cyphers to dialog about pressing issues of museums, race, and practice; and invites weary conference travelers to recharge in our Relaxation Pod.
(Expo Hall Booth #1112)

For updates, follow: @MuseumsandRace #MuseumsandRace


SCHEDULE
Laissez les bons temps rouller!

Saturday, May 18 | Noon – 4pm
WE ALL GET FREE Pre-conference Workshop
The National WW II Museum

Monday, May 20 | Noon – 5:30pm
Museums & Race Lounge
Interactive Artist Installation

Community Cypher | 1-2pm
AAM Museums & Race Talk Back

Community Cypher | 3-4pm
Inclusive Leadership: The Rise of DEAI Officers

Tuesday, May 21 | 10am – 5:30pm
Museums & Race Lounge
Interactive Artist Installation

Community Cypher | 10-11am
Naming and Subverting Whiteness in Museum Education

Community Cypher | Noon-1pm
Insisting on Equity: Collaborative Strategies through MASS Action

Community Cypher | 1-2pm
We Have a Place Here: Mixed Race and Museums

Community Cypher | 3:15-4:15pm
Is That Hung White: Representation in Exhibition Design

“HAPPY HOUR” and MR Poetry Slam | 4:30 – 5:30pm

Wednesday, May 22 | 8:30am – Noon
Museums & Race Lounge

Community Cypher | 8:30-9:30am
Empathy: Core vs Cosmetic

Rescheduled for 10/17: 2pm… Get Schooled: M+R Report Card Webinar

Webinar rescheduled for OCTOBER 17: 2PM Eastern / 11AM Pacific


Join us Wednesday, October 17 at 2pm Eastern / 11am Pacific for a recap of our Museums and Race Report Card Session at AAM 2018.

RSVP to let us know you’ll be there and to school us on what conversations you want to see in the future.

We’ll share the link to the Zoom webinar via email and social media on Tuesday!
Be ready.

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