For more about the original Chicago convening:
Due to Florence, we’ve postponed the September 18 webinar.
We will notify everyone of the new date soon!
Join us Tuesday, September 18 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!
You saw it at AAM 2018. You spied it at NYCMER. 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. [Download pdf]
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.
Folx asked about the Skittle-licious shirts at AAM 2018. Here’s your chance! We have a Bonfire campaign running through June 2.
Proceeds will support Museums and Race grants to help defray costs of conference attendance for emerging professionals of color. Details to come. Stay tuned!!
See you in Phoenix!
You can find us in Booth 1704.
REFLECT on current Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Access issues via our community cypher dialogs.
RECHARGE in our lounge area and relaxation pods.
RECLAIM a progressive vision for museums in collaboration with local artists and colleagues.
Follow @MuseumsandRace #MuseumsandRace to stay in the know.
Co-sponsored by our generous friends at Museum Next:
All the Things:
COMMUNITY CYPHER DIALOGS
Join round table hosts to discuss a range of contemporary issues around race, image, representation, access, and identity. Monday (3 & 4 pm); Tuesday (11:30 am & 12:30 pm); Wednesday (8 am). Grab coffee or lunch and join us for some real talk. (details below)
Sponsored by our friends at Auut Studio
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 Interactive Mechanics
PARTICIPATORY ARTIST COLLABORATIONS
We’ve partnered with local mural artists Thomas “Breeze” Marcus and Dwayne Manuel, and Zine artist Amber McCrary 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 Balboa Park Cultural partnership
WORK THAT NETWORK
Drop by during Expo Hall hours to catch up with friends and colleagues or join us Tuesday from 4:00-5:30 for a Networking “Happy” Hour. Although we can’t legally serve you alcohol — we will be ecstatically happy to have you with us to connect with one another and continue to build a strong network of industry professional committed to challenging and re-imagining institutional policies and systems that perpetuate oppressions in museums.
MUSEUMS & RACE REPORT CARD
Join us at our Wednesday session (10:15 am) 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?
MONDAY, MAY 7
Noon – 5:30 pm
Transformation & Justice Lounge kick-off and Mural-making with Thomas “Breeze” Marcus and Dwayne Manuel
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm — Expo Hall Break.
Grab a snack or some coffee and swing by the Lounge
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Community Cypher Dialog
Acknowledging Indigenous Lands
This conversation will focus on the importance of acknowledging Indigenous lands as foundational part of public program. This dialogue will also challenge participants to think about how this acknowledgment can be a thread woven into the work we do as museum professionals and not simply a welcome protocol to follow but a powerful statement about how we work to share Indigenous perspectives throughout our community work.
Hosted by Jaclyn Roessel (@JacRoess of @grownupnavajo),Director of Decolonizing Initiatives, San Diego Museum of Man; and Marcus Monenerkit, Director of Community Engagement at the Heard (@heardmuseum)
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Community Cypher Dialog
Overcoming Historical Amnesia Through Community Reflection
The assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the events that followed left an indelible mark on society and throughout communities. This roundtable will focus on how museums can bring communities together across generations to address historical amnesia and issues of racial and social justice.
Hosted by Saralyn Rosenfield, Director of Learning & Engagement, Delaware Art Museum; Marlowe Stoudamire, Detroit 67 Project Director, Detroit Historical Society; Jonathan Whitney, Manager of Performance Programs & Community Engagement, Delaware Art Museum
TUESDAY, MAY 8
10:00 am – 5:30 pm
Transformation & Justice Lounge open and Zine creation with Amber McCrary
11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Community Cypher Dialog
Being a Multiracial Museum Professional
The museum professional community is dispersed across a wide spectrum of acceptance and implementation of transformation of this traditionally academic field deeply rooted in white supremacy. Join multiracial museum professionals sharing their experiences bringing the resistance into their respective museums. Their stories and experiences on claiming and reclaiming their identities in museums, along with how they’ve navigated and negotiated privilege, will open up a larger conversation with audience members on coping mechanisms and strategies on how to reimagine a truly inclusive space.
Hosted by Andrea Neighbors, Education Specialist, Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center; Dina Bailey, CEO, Mountain Top Vision; Stacey Swanby, Associate Director of Visitor Services, The Broad
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Community Cypher Dialog
Beyond Tokenism: Building an inclusive and equitable Museum
Share your stories and add to the building blocks that will change our field. #inclusionandequity #museumsarenotnutral
Hosted by Cris Scorza, Director of Education and Engagement, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm — Expo Hall Break
Grab a snack and some coffee and swing by the Lounge.
4:00 – 5:30
Work That Network
Mingle with your peers; explore this year’s artist installations; and tell us what’s in your “inclusion rider“.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 9
8:00 am – Noon
Transformation & Justice Lounge open
8:00 am – 9:00 am — Expo Hall Breakfast
Grab some grub and coffee and swing by the Lounge.
8:00 am – 9:00 am
Community Cypher Dialog
Building Your Museum Manifesto
Collaborative creation of manifestos or a written statement that can encapsulate a team’s foundational beliefs, including how they engage with each other and their communities. The Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center Culture Lab Manifesto and Playbook will be distributed as an example, but the conversation will be an opportunity to share experiences and exchange ideas.
Hosted by Nafisa Isa (@thenafisaisa), Program Manager, Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center (@smithsonianapa)
10:15 am – 11:45 am
Museums and Race Report Card: Looking Back to Move Forward (129AB)
Special thanks to:
and to Margaret Kadoyama for their generous support.
Looking forward to 2019
If you’re interested in serving on the 2018-2019 Museums & Race Steering Committee, let us know!
Ready to challenge and transform industry values that perpetuate structural racism within our community? Join us in Phoenix!
REFLECT on current Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Access issues via our round-table dialogs.
RECHARGE in our lounge area and relaxation nook.
RECLAIM a progressive vision for museums in collaboration with local artists and colleagues. Follow @MuseumsandRace #MuseumsandRace
Interested in volunteering for the Transformation and Justice Lounge? Give us a shout on social media. Core lounge staff will be eligible for FREE and/or reduced-cost access to the Expo Hall and AAM Conference. CONTACT US >>
Museums and Race is looking for sponsors to support the critical dialog and work engaged in by our colleagues in this space. LEARN MORE >>
Museums & Race
Community Center and Transformation Lounge
at the American Alliance of Museums 2017 Annual Meeting
May 8 & 9 2017 – in the MuseumExpo
Museums and Race is a movement to challenge and re-imagine institutional policies and systems that perpetuate oppressions in museums. We are a group of museum professionals who are interested in effecting radical change in our field. Our work is (1) to persuade our colleagues that it is necessary to adopt a new philosophical stance on the role of the museum that is both morally and culturally responsive and grounded in empathy, respect, and inclusion and (2) to build and grow a movement toward examining and ultimately transforming institutional policies. Museums & Race joins efforts with colleagues focused on this work.
The American Alliance of Museums has provided space at the annual meeting in St. Louis this May to support this movement. There Museums and Race will host a Community Center and Transformation Lounge – a space to recharge, engage in self-reflection, connect with others and share resources about justice and transformation across our professional field. The Community Center and Transformation Lounge will be a hybrid drop in space in the MuseumExpo that includes interactive activities and pop-up presentations that encourage connecting with others involved in justice-centered work and open dialog.
The Museums & Race Community Center and Transformation Lounge will be open on Monday, May 8 from 11:45 am to 5:30 pm and on Tuesday, May 9 from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm.
We have attempted to schedule programming during times when conference activities with a similar focus are not taking place to provide a platform for continued discourse and sharing of ideas and practice across the field.
Join us for:
- Lightning Talks on Tuesday from 3-5 pm with speakers Ariana Curtis, Ranald Woodaman, Lisa Sasaki, Chris Taylor, Kai Frazier, Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko, and Nicole Ivy.
The Lightning Talks are designed for museum professionals to speak truth to power on intersectionality, privilege, systems of oppression, institutional legacies and other related topics. The talks will be informational, inspirational and conversational. Some of the topics that will be covered include decolonizing museums, Afro Latinx identity, community engagement and more!
- Open Mic opportunities throughout the afternoon for attendees to give short talks (sign-up sheet at the entrance).
- Participants and visitors of the Community Center and Transformation Lounge will be able to record multimedia Testimonies as short videos or in writing.
- The Justice Fleet mobile museum that bridges art activism, intergroup dialogue, community education, and community healing will also be onsite.
Come to inspire and be inspired! ! For more details and additional announcements, follow us on Twitter & Instagram at @MuseumsandRace; follow us on Facebook. We invite everyone to use the #MuseumsandRace and #AAM2017 hashtags on social media to share justice and transformation related discussions, sessions, and presentations among ourselves and with our broader community online!
More than 400 people registered for the Gathering in advance; about 300 people participated in activities in the Transformation Lounge and 200 people participated in sessions. The interest from diverse races and ethnicities shows the vital role Museums & Race can play in creating a cross-race platform for honest dialogue.
The best way to understand how closely the Museums & Race Gathering addressed its goals, listed below, is to click on the link to the summarized survey results here. Notes left on Post-its in the Transformation Lounge are also very revealing.
As the first event of this magnitude to occur at a museum conference, the Gathering was an experiment, and it was a significant learning experience for those who participated, planned and facilitated it. The survey results show that participants had positive experiences at sessions and in the Transformation Lounge, and that there was a great turnout for this important topic. There were significant issues with registration, check-in, and with one of the sessions (Session 2: Constructing Spaces for Honest Conversations About Race). A blog post following up on the Gathering, taking responsibility for the issues, was posted on this Website.
Museums & Race is continuing under a new Steering Committee that includes Omar Eaton- Martinez, Joanne Jones-Rizzi, Gina Diaz, and Margaret Kadoyama, with TMG president Darcie Fohrman serving as ex-officio. The Steering Committee is supported by two contract employees: Lanae Spruce, social media coordinator, and Jada Wright-Greene, BaseCamp administrator. TMG is providing their salaries for six months. Several TMG members are involved in future planning but this is no longer a special project of TMG.
The new Steering Committee is currently developing ways to engage all individuals and organizations who want to be involved going forward.
1. Share the outcomes and vision for the convening with a broader community of supporters in a way that experiments with multiple formats for engagement and open up the process to more people to build the Museums and Race network of action.
2. Catalyze dialogue about race and museums amongst Annual Meeting attendees at varying places in their understandings of racism, oppression and privilege to build capacity to transform the field.
3. Connect with individuals not attending the Annual Meeting but interested in connecting with Museums and Race 2016 and find other means of bridging member and non-members around racial justice in museums.
4. Support the needs and/or interests of participants; whether self-care for POC, safe-space for working toward and discussing anti-oppression goals for museums, or the responsibilities and roles for white folks in dismantling racism and oppression.
The Museums & Race 2016 Gathering at AAM was one initiative of the Museums & Race Convening held in Chicago in January 2016. The Gathering offered AAM Annual Meeting attendees and those not registered for the meeting a friendly and welcoming environment where participants engaged in dialogue about race and museums and found a safe space to recharge and engage in self-reflection.
The Gathering tackled difficult topics with the goal to support those working in museums to understand their role in dismantling racism as it manifests in hiring policies, institutional language, collections, exhibitions strategies, external community relationships and workplace culture.
Museums & Race acknowledges that individuals come to these conversations with different sets of experiences and we responded to this by making space at the Gathering to address intersectionality, white privilege, and self-care for People of Color.
WHO WAS THIS FOR?
The intended audience for the Gathering was both white people and people of color attending AAM’s Annual Meeting as well as non-attendees who are professionals in the DC area who were motivated to connect with others addressing museums and race across the field.
Sessions were designed to meet people where they are, whether seeking an introduction or continuing to develop, in their awareness of how racism and oppressions function in museums and how to interrupt it and dismantle it.
WHY UNBADGED ACCESS?
Museums & Race acknowledges the financial barriers that exist for museum professionals, particularly emerging professionals, to attend AAM’s Annual Meeting. One of Museum & Race’s tenets is intersectionality. Classism (economic oppression) intersects with and has characterized racism in the US with economic opportunities systematically and institutionally denied to people of color throughout our nation’s history. We acknowledge how other oppressions, such as sexism, also intersect with and predict experiences of economic oppression.
The lounge did not require timed access and was intended to be an active learning and conversation space. It included:
- Story Kiosk: Volunteer Brad Larsen recorded participant stories and thoughts on three questions chosen by the planning team. Responses will be posted to YouTube.
- Core Question Kiosks: Three Questions were curated by Visitors of Color, #MuseumsRespondtoFerguson, and the Museums & Race 2016 Convening Participants to catalyze informal dialogue throughout the lounge. Posters at three kiosks announced each question and posed pathways for participants to explore their responses together. Responses can be found here.
- Resource Table: Computer with websites, books, handouts, articles, conference lists all related to museums addressing race, oppression and intersectionality.
- Museums & Race 2016 Meet & Greet Table: Participants who came to Chicago for the “Museums & Race 2016: Transformation and Justice” convening in January were on hand to share their experiences, answer questions, and engage in dialogue about future action steps.
The sessions required pre-registration. Caps for each session were determined by the professional facilitators with the goal of providing a safe environment that fostered honest dialogue.
Session 1: Talking Race: The Power, Influence and Responsibility of Museum Professionals
Facilitators: Janeen Bryant and Lisa Junkin Lopez
12:15 -1:30pm, Capacity 35 and 1:45 – 3pm, Capacity 35
For many years the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience has utilized the Arc of Dialogue to structure individual learning through four phases of facilitated dialogue. This workshop utilized this model to lead museum professionals through an examination of how their identities may impact their work as it relates to race in museums.
Session 2: Constructing Spaces for Honest Conversation About Race
Facilitators: Joanne Jones Rizzi, Joe Imholte, and Josey Balenger
1:45 – 3:00pm, Capacity 60-65
After reviewing critical issues relevant to museums addressing race and racism, participants formed self-identified groups, white people and people of color, for a reflective dialog using Talking Circles, the successful model of participatory programming developed at the Science Museum of Minnesota to support honest dialogue about race, and racism in conjunction with the RACE: Are We So Different? exhibition. POC facilitated the dialogue with the POC break-out group and white facilitators lead the dialogue for the white break-out group.
Session 3: Institutional Self-Reflection in Museum Practice
Facilitators: Gretchen Jennings and Alyssa Greenberg
3:15 – 4:30pm, Capacity 65-75
In this workshop, participants engaged in institutional self-reflection by applying the Empathetic Museum’s “Summary Maturity Model: A Model for Inner Transformation of Museum Structures” to their own institution, and then reflected on the model itself. This workshop focused on issues of racial and economic justice as benchmarks for institutional self- reflection and change.
Thanks to promotional partners and session/activity leaders:
- Museum Hue
- The Empathetic Museum
- The Incluseum
- Visitors of Color
- Smithsonian National Museum of American History
Download a copy of the final Gathering Report here.
M&R 2016 Gathering attendees,
The Museums and Race Steering Committee would like to apologize for the inconvenience and emotional injuries that were caused during the registration process and session conversations. We are very sorry. Our goal in organizing the Gathering was to provide a space for authentic engagement around museums and race, which also grappled with topics like power, privilege, diversity and inclusion. According to some of the feedback that we received it is clear to this committee that we fell short of that goal. We hope that this apology serves as a step towards reconciliation to those who were injured and/or inconvenienced during this event.
We have already started to meet as a group to address these hard lessons and we know and understand that we cannot do this alone. Our hope is that we can involve more people in the planning and participation of next year’s gathering so that we can work together in developing a safe space for dialogue, coalition building and best practices that will meet everyone’s needs surrounding these important issues. We plan to use our website and our social media (Twitter and Facebook) to act as portals of interaction so that individuals can work in partnership around these important matters in our field.
For those who have not had an opportunity to share their feedback on the survey concerning the Gathering here is the link.
The survey will close Friday June 24, 2016.
We would also like to acknowledge those who came from near and far just to participate and Museums and Race. We appreciate the efforts you made to attend and we are committed to working with you on dismantling systemic racism in the museum field.
The Museums and Race Steering Committee
V. Gina Díaz