Updates

Museums and Race Report Card [2021 Remix]

how will your museum measure up?

You spoke. We listened.

Museums & Race Report Card 3.0 is your tool for TRUTH, before attempting RECONCILIATION.

The report card still covers the same basic categories (Governance, Funding, Representation, Responsiveness, Resources, and Transparency). AND it now includes a rubric and action steps to help your organization build context for each grade, and then take action to improve and transform.

Take it. Use it. Share it.

And, as always, Cite it.

A screenshot from the May 24, 2021 session, Truth before Reconciliation: Taking the Requisite Steps toward Resilience, at the 2021 American Alliance of Museums Annual Conference. Presenters Alison Rossi, Karlisa Callwood, Timothy Rhue, Michelle Moon, Jaclyn Roessel, and Janeen Bryant explored how museums can reflect on and examine their own truths to authentically advance towards reconciliation.

#CollectiveLiberation

#TruthBeforeReconciliation

#WeAllGetFree

#MuseumsAreNotNeutral


Want to learn more about the Report Card?

[COLLECTIVE LIBERATION] Disrupt, Dismantle, Manifest (June 2 – 4, 2021)

#CollectiveLiberation is an opportunity for EVERYONE to shape and wholly transform the future of museums

Registration is now open

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About this event

Registration is now open for [Collective Liberation]: Disrupt, Dismantle, Manifest!

We are very excited for our lineup this year. By registering for the convening, you will have access to all of the sessions. Attendees will receive an email with session links at the start of each day.

Registration is free with an optional Pay What You Can. Payments will go toward paying speakers and the fund for Museum Workers Speak.

Please note:

  • Sessions will be recorded and uploaded to Museums & Race’s YouTube channel.
  • ASL interpretation will be provided.
  • Registration caps at 500.

For any questions regarding registration, please contact museumequitycoalition@gmail.com

Antiracist Convening Schedule

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 2, 2021

11 am EDT / 8 am PDT

Coffee Chat + Check-in

Join Coalition members for pre-session conversations.
Chat with fellow convening attendees and check-in on what is top of mind for you.

12 Noon EDT / 9 am PDT

The Narcissistic Abuse of Cultural Institutions

Presenters: Andrea Montiel de Schuman and Dr. Kelli Morgan

This discussion between Andrea Montiel and Dr. Kelli Morgan will help identify narcissistic abusive patterns in the museum field, acknowledging the severe psychological consequences of being exposed to such environments for long periods of time. Recognizing that the museum field will not change tomorrow, we will share recommended ways to manage, set boundaries and overcome trauma. It’s going to continue to take time, and the process will continue to be painful.

In the past year, since resigning, Dr Kelli Morgan and I faced extreme emotions of grief, urgency for change. We have experienced the powerful ways in which institutions retaliate and seek to hoard as much power for as long as they can, knowing that their time is up. We have spent time healing and rethinking approaches to face the crisis in the field.

We fully believe that the time is up for those who have enabled and fostered abusive workplaces: this is why they are panicking. But the change/transition will take more than removing directors: it’s going to take dismantling enablers and complex systems & reorganizing power dynamics in meaningful ways. We believe that museum workers need to find ways to heal from trauma in the process, especially since institutions have powerful resources at hand.

2 pm EDT / 11 am PDT

Bigger Than the Internet: Museums and the Digital Colonization of the Web

Presenter: Adriel Luis

Museums increasingly express interest in equity, social justice, and even decolonization, in large part due to their growing investment in online spaces where such topics have risen to the top of public consciousness. This investment has also led to heightened dependence on internet and social media platforms which center profit and gain, often through data mining, invasive advertisements, misinformation, and other behavior which run counter to principles of free and open society, and mutual flourishing. These practices mirror the resource extraction by empire-building campaigns such as the Wilkes Expedition, which helped establish the U.S.’ earliest museums.

This session investigates the relationship between museums and exploitive data collection practices, from their colonial histories to their uncertain futures. In order for museums to truly be places for people of color, they must not simply “include” us, but must dismantle their traditions and frameworks that center Western knowledge and perpetually disenfranchise our belief systems.If museums are committed to their “inclusive” engagement of racialized, Disabled, and queer people on social media, they cannot ignore the disproportionate hostilities and exploitations that threaten these populations online. Otherwise, it is an incomplete, ill-informed vision of social justice.

4 pm EDT / 1 pm PDT

Local Contexts: Grounding Indigenous Rights  

Presenters: Jane Anderson, Janette Hamilton-Pearce, Maui Hudson, Felicia Garcia, Corrie Roe

Every Indigenous community has cultural and biological collections within archives, libraries, and museums that they do not own, do not control, and cannot govern circulation over. Significant information about these collections, including  names and proper provenance information is absent. Increasing digitization across the cultural heritage sector continues to disregard Indigenous rights. This affects cultural memory, the accuracy of historical narratives, and present day Indigenous culture, health, and well-being. It is a critical matter for Indigenous knowledge and data sovereignty. 

Local Contexts recognizes the sovereignty that Indigenous communities have over knowledge and data that comes from lands, territories, and waters. Local Contexts is developing a model that addresses the problem of public domain materials and third party owned Indigenous content divorced from local communities. Local Contexts offers a system of digital labelling to intervene in the structural colonial legacy of Indigenous erasure.  We will introduce the Local Contexts (localcontexts.org) initiative, including the Local Contexts Hub. This Hub is planned for launch in July. The Hub is a portal that will allow communities to adapt the Labels and researchers and institutions to generate Notices.

6 pm EDT / 3 pm PDT

Let’s Get Real: Skill Building Break Outs

Join us for a set of concurrent sessions to sharpen your antiracism skill building around Accountability Matrixes with members of the MASS Action Accountability Workgroup, Land Acknowledgements with Jaclyn Roessel, and Curating Disability with Camille Bethune-Brown. 

Creating an Accountability Matrix | Sara Phalen, Gretchen Jennings, Juline Chevalier

Curating Disability  |  Camille Bethune-Brown 

Land Acknowledgments as Catalysts for Action  |  Jaclyn Roessel 

THURSDAY, JUNE 3, 2021

11 am EDT / 8 am PDT

Coffee Chat + Check-in

Join Coalition members for pre-session conversations. Chat with fellow convening attendees and check-in on what is top of mind for you.

12 Noon EDT / 9 am PDT

Limitations on traditional funding models

Presenters: Camille-Mary Sharp 

This moderated conversation addresses the limitations that traditional funding models (specifically: corporate sponsorship and philanthropy, but also board governance) impose on our push for radical change in museums.  In particular, this session will examine the case of climate change education and initiatives in museums, troubling the recent push for climate-oriented philanthropy and the rise of corporate-funded exhibitions that focus (problematically) on individual responsibility for the climate crisis. The goal of this session will be for participants to leave encouraged to think “beyond divestment,” since mining-intensive “green energy” industries have shown to replicate the oppressive systems of oil and gas, and re-imagine the future of the field’s funding and leadership structures.

2 pm EDT / 11 am PDT

Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is – A Critical Look at Co-Creation and Collaboration Beyond the Buzzwords 

Presenters: David Valentine, Choua Her, Robby Callahan Schreiber 

When it comes to moving the needle on social justice in the field, museums typically involve Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) communities as a surface level way to underscore their own progress while changing very little about how they operate. This tendency to center the museum, rather than improving their equity standing, (re)creates patterns of performative and self-serving behaviors that actively harm communities and damage relationships in longstanding ways. We see this often when BIPOC-led or centered orgs and individuals are brought into projects that are already in motion, for what might arguably be called “token inclusion,” and yet are still not given a seat at the table when it comes to decision-making throughout the process. These projects are also often funded externally which points to a lack of institutional investment in the work itself. In other words, it seems that these projects only exist when the cost can be shuffled onto someone else and the work stops when the money stops.

In this session, we explore the do’s and don’ts of authentic community engagement. Moving beyond a list of things to check off and mark as done, and informed by reflections about our NSF-funded RAPID: Advancing Community Conversations that Intersect STEM and Racial Justice project, we will share a resource we’ve drafted for making critical decisions around collaboration and co-creation with community members. This resource will highlight:

  • How to take an asset-based approach to working WITH community members with whom museums have under-invested our resources.
  • How to identify and subvert tactics in your engagement strategy that uphold or reinforce inequities in power sharing.
  • How to integrate new tactics that bolster mutual beneficiality, encourage transparency, strip away oppressive norms, and empower community members.

4 pm EDT / 1 pm PDT

Creative reckoning: The fall and rise of a BIPOC Creative

Presenters: Britt Oates, Heather Hope Kuruvilla, Kathren Lee, Katie Sullivan, Marlena Matuta, Sarah Olivo

We meet, we have fun, and we get shit done. But not before stumbling through some of it first. This is an open, blunt, and honest discussion of how Agate Creative came together as strangers to refute white supremacy culture in our places of work and reimagine and revolutionize the traditional and oppressive museum structure through transformational experiences, conversations starters, resource share, and beyond. On our path, we realized many of the patterns and practices we were attempting to address within museums had carried over into our own space. We were repeating the “way things had always been done” without question, self-reflection, push-back, or growth. Together, we came to see the toxicity we were attempting to address was also internalized. In this discussion, we will explore how we recognized, named, and worked to dismantle the toxic “norms” within ourselves and our work histories to collectively form a stronger Creative.

6 pm EDT / 3 pm PDT

Art to Action: Capacity-Building Break Outs

Join us for a set of concurrent sessions to investigate the powerful role of art and design in dismantling systems of oppression within the museum and cultural fields.

Art and Inner Shifts | Sabrina Mooroogen 

Dismantling through Design Justice  |  Rina Alfonso, Isabella Bruno

Confinements of Color in the White Cube | Jaime Sunwoo

FRIDAY, JUNE 4, 2021

11 am EDT / 8 am PDT

Coffee Chat + Check-in

Join Coalition members for pre-session conversations. Chat with fellow convening attendees and check-in on what is top of mind for you.

12 Noon EDT / 9 am PDT

Conservation alternatives: A structured discussion about what else it could mean to invest in material heritage

Presenter: Ayesha Fuentes

This open, moderated conversation invites conservators, arts practitioners and museum workers to imagine how the field of conservation can be part of the creative reconstruction and decentralization of cultural institutions. This session examines how conservation’s collective identity, methods, standards and vocabularies can and should be destabilized in order to shift intellectual and technical agency away from entrenched eurocentric, exclusionary practices and narratives. In addition to discussing strategies for community engagement and pathways to repatriation, this conversation aims to examine the obsolescence of conservation as an instrument of museological, economic or political authority, and to cultivate a broader arena for conservation training and practice that includes a diversity of material skills and knowledge, and which prioritizes the accessibility of cultural heritage rather than its material integrity.

2 pm EDT / 11 am PDT

Why cultural institutions should advocate for the defunding of local police departments

Presenters: nikhil trivedi, Porchia Moore, Rose Kinsey

In cities big and small, huge amounts of local budgets go to policing. Local advocates are being clear about what alternatives could be if they defunded police, including ending hunger, homelessness, and funding education and healthcare for all. Could arts and culture be part of where this money could go, too?

The pandemic has caused some institutions to shut down for good. Those left standing continue the perpetual cycle of grant writing and membership driving just to stay afloat. Would we each need to be in this rat race fighting over the same resources if there were better mechanisms to fund us? Could ending policing at all levels of government from neighborhood watches to the federal military achieve this? 

Join us for a discussion on dreaming about a world without police, and why museums and cultural institutions should join the fight.

4 pm EDT / 1 pm PDT

Museum Unions – Organizing Workshop

Presenters: Amanda Tobin, Maro Elliott, Whitney Stanley, Michaela Flint

Join members of MASS MoCA’s organizing committee and the Portland Museum of Art to learn strategies and information about the unionization process. We will review a timeline, eligibility, strategies, and lessons learned. The conversation will identify how organized worker power can shift traditional priorities and experiences to build a stronger, more authentic museum field.

The recent wave of museum unionization has the potential to fundamentally change the landscape of museum work. Unions can hold their institutions accountable to the promises of racial equity, and ensure they go beyond optical allyship to enact actual policy changes, from hiring protocols to harassment procedures and more. Unions also require transparent communication between leadership and staff. Earlier staff-driven attempts to promote DEAI have proven to be easily dismissed by leadership. Unions provide the legal standing for workers to gain the power needed to effect change.

6 pm EDT / 3 pm PDT

MANIFEST!

Our goal is collective liberation. Join us for a convening wrap-up and tactical conversation about what comes next. How will we hold one another and the field accountable for the changes we want and need to see? Let’s work together to disrupt, dismantle, and manifest this journey towards collective liberation.


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WHO WE ARE: This Coalition represents the change-making movements Museums and Race, MASS Action, Museum Workers Speak, The Incluseum, Museums Are Not Neutral, Empathetic Museum, Visitors of Color, and Death to Museums. Collectively, we believe there is inherent inequity in the existing systems alive in our institutions, and that we must address this foundationally through the lens of racial justice and anti-white supremacy. We are committed to effecting real, substantive, and transformative change in the museum field and seeing the manifestations of this work happen in our lifetime.

[COLLECTIVE LIBERATION] DISRUPT, DISMANTLE, MANIFEST

UPDATE: Call for proposals extended to end of day April 20.

2021 Equity Coalition Convening

JUNE 2-4, 2021

The legacies of colonial and racialized violence, and white supremacy broadly, express themselves in myriad ways in contemporary museum practice. Internal and external transformation is required for shifting systems of power; interrupting the cycle of abusive museum culture; and healing from traumatic histories. 

Yet, despite decades of advocacy,  we keep repeating the same patterns. Why? What keeps us from taking necessary actions?

We must face individual and institutional unwillingness in museums to self-educate and the resistance to embed racial equity. We must name the lack of transparency, accountability, and serious commitment to make this work foundational. We must move our field away from performative, so-called DEAI measures that center whiteness towards models that break historical patterns of inequity and harm.

We are calling for a radical reimagining of possibilities around what a museum can be for its publics when racial justice is at its center. 

Call for proposals closes April 16, 2021.
Selections will be confirmed by May 1, 2021.

PRESENT A CYPHER

Complete this form to propose your idea for a session, dialog, or poster presentation or send us a video or audio recording answering the questions.

JOIN US IN JUNE

Stay tuned for registration details. Follow:

@MuseumsAndRace
@MuseumAction 
@MuseumWorkers
@EmpatheticMuse
@incluseum
@VisitorsOfColor 
#MuseumsAreNotNeutral

WHO WE ARE:

This Coalition represents the change-making movements Museums and Race, MASS Action, Museum Workers Speak, The Incluseum, Museums Are Not Neutral, Empathetic Museum, and Visitors of Color. Collectively, we believe there is inherent inequity in the existing systems alive in our institutions, and that we must address this foundationally through the lens of racial justice and anti-white supremacy. We are committed to effecting real, substantive, and transformative change in the museum field and seeing the manifestations of this work happen in our lifetime.

Contact MuseumsRace@gmail.com for more information. 

Although we will be working virtually, we commit to share resources, build accountability partners, and organize within our community, particularly with colleagues across cultural, racial, and ideological spectra.


Download 2021 Equity Coalition Convention one-sheet

Questions in the Face of Sedition

Many of you are grappling with how to address the events of January 6th, personally and professionally. We charge you with the following 5 questions for reflection and action:

1. What is a reasonable response to unreasonable behavior & speech?

There’s Nothing Virtuous About Finding Common Ground

2. What is a truth that wasn’t apparent to you before this week?

There[‘s] no relational healing without honesty, and no authentic reconciliation without repentance and truth. @BerniceKing

3. What would authentic repentance look like, and who should take on acts of repentance?

Does America Need a Truth and Reconciliation Commission?

4. What are we doing to recognize and address white supremacy in real-time–make visible the invisible & confront denial–within our own spheres of influence?

White Supremacy Culture

5. How can we counteract statements like “This is not America” or “This is not what American is about” that have inevitably followed the events of Jan. 6?

The Police’s Tepid Response To The Capitol Breach Wasn’t An Aberration

Denial Is the Heartbeat of America


We are past the need for tolerance–the old go along to get along mentality. Now what?

You’re Invited: Revisiting the Museums & Race Report Card

Join us September 9, 5:30 pm EST for an examination of leadership, change, and accountability. 

Have you heard of or used the Museums & Race Report Card?
We would love to hear how. 

Have questions you want to see addressed with leadership and colleagues?
We would love to dialog with you. 

Have other resources that are inspiring you at this moment? 
We would love to share them. 

Will you join us?  Register now.

Museums & Race Statement of Solidarity

Every American should be chilled to their very core that this world of hate, oppression, and systemic injustice is the one on which we live.

Museums & Race acknowledges that the senseless deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and Tony McDade are literal reflections of anti-Black, white supremacist ideology that exists in America and can be seen in every facet of our museums.

As written by the NYC Arts in Education Roundtable: “We acknowledge our complicity in the long history of systemic racism within our country and the institutions of power in our city. We will continue to work to dismantle white supremacy within our organizations, schools, and communities.”

For too long, museums have resisted any formal role in addressing oppression, but, as our colleagues have insisted, museums are never neutral. Noted historian and acclaimed scholar Ibram Kendi writes, “there’s no in-between safe space, neutrality in this struggle — either we’re producing this racist society or we’re struggling against it.” Museums, by and large, have been in the business of racist reproduction, which we see in board composition, hiring practices, opaque and unjust salary structures, persistent curatorial discrepancies, dismissal of racialized narratives as “too controversial,” and so much more.  If you are aware of the reality of our society, and the oppression facing Black Americans, you should be actively working to dismantle it.

We call for museums to step forward with those who are already fighting, cast off their chains of inaction, and find some way to make a difference in the field, for museum workers, and in support of dismantling white supremacy in all institutions for the good of their communities, their institutions, and their nation.

As national and international practitioners that center the ideals of justice, we are not surprised that this is happening. This is the time to raise our voices against racism and elevate anti-racist actions. We stand in solidarity with justice-centered communities, rejecting systemic and institutionalized racism and demand a radically-imagined museum community in which human dignity is honored before property. This statement is only a small part of a much larger movement.

Three things museums can and SHOULD do now:

 

M&R Solidarity Statement V2

 

imagine a [radical] future | JOIN US

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.

REGISTER NOW >>

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!