What is structural racism? How does it prevent us from achieving true diversity among our staff, boards, and audiences, and in our programs?
This panel discussion is inspired by programs at previous museum conferences. At the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) annual meeting in 2015, the response was overwhelming to a session about the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO. It eventually led to a regional discussion about related topics at the Western Museum Association (WMA) conference last month.
To continue the national momentum, please join us on November 4, 2016, at 5:30 p.m., to hear perspectives on structural racism and diversity from three museum professionals. Noelle M.K.Y. Kahanu will report on her participation on the WMA panel, Museums & Race 2016, and share her observations from working in the local museum community; Kathy Suter will draw on her experiences at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, and ideas about how the Hawai‘i Museums Association and its members may facilitate the dialogue on change; and Kippen de Alba Chu will describe efforts by AAM to provide guidance to museums for implementing structural changes.
This event will be the first of a series of three discussions over the next six months. The co-sponsors are aware that the topic of structural racism cannot be adequately addressed by any one event. The intention is to start a conversation. Please join us in initiating this potentially difficult dialogue as we reflect on the national and regional dialogues and their relevance for local museums and related institutions. Be prepared to share your experiences and concerns!
Museums and Race 2016: Transformation and Justice
September 26, 2016
Selected Resources (There are many more — these are just a few)
- Museum Hue
- The Empathetic Museum
- AAM Diversity Committee
- Museum Workers Speak
- The Incluseum
- Visitors of Color
- Museums & Race
- Racial Equity Tools
- Hard Conversations: An Introduction to Racism
- Coalition of Anti-Racist Whites
- Alliance of White Anti-Racists Everywhere
- Race Forward
- Race Forward Reports
- Lupe Poblano:Challenging White Dominant Culture: Time to Look in the Mirror
- Brian Arao and Kristi Clemens: “From Safe Spaces to Brave Spaces” http://ssw.umich.edu/sites/default/files/documents/events/colc/from-safe-spaces-to-brave-spaces.pdf
- Crenshaw, Kimberle. Why Intersectionality Can’t Wait
- Jones, Kenneth and Tema Okun. (2001). “White Supremacy Culture” fromDismantling Racism: A Workbook for Social Change Groups, ChangeWork
- McIntosh, Peggy.White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack. and http://nationalseedproject.org/peggy-mcintosh-s-white-privilege-papers
- The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Art Museum Staff Demographic Survey.
- trivedi, nikhil.Oppression: A Museum Primer.
- Welch, John S. “The American Museum as ‘Active Instrument for Social Change.’” (IL) The International Review of African American Art, Vol. 21, No. 4, 2007. (Available as a PDF)
- Adler-Bell, Sam. (2015).http://www.alternet.org/culture/why-white-people-freak-out-when-theyre-called-out-about-race
- Greenberg, Jon. (2015). http://citizenshipandsocialjustice.com/2015/07/10/curriculum-for-white-americans-to-educate-themselves-on-race-and-racism/
- Metta, John. (2015).I, Racist.
- Moore, Porchia. Incluseum blog. The Danger of the D Word.
- Cole, Johnetta Betsch. “Keep Moving Forward,” Excerpts from 2015 AAM keynote address. Museum, January 2016, 26-32.
- Jennings, Gretchen. “The #museumsrespondtoFerguson Initiative, a Necessary Conversation,” Museums & Social Issues, Vol. 10 No. 2, October, 2015, 97–105. (Available as a PDF).
- Kinsley, Rose Paquet and Aletheia Wittman. Incluseum blog. Bringing Self-Examination to the Center of Social Justice Work in Museums. Also in Museum, January 2016, 40-45.
- Museums Association. Valuing Diversity: The Case for Inclusive Museums
- The Annie E. Casey Foundation. Race Matters: How to Talk About Race
Current and Recent Commentary
- Making Sense of Cultural Equity http://createquity.com/2016/08/making-sense-of-cultural-equity/
- Discrimination damaging sector diversity and staff retention http://www.museumsassociation.org/news/25072016-institutional-discrimination-damaging-museum-sector-diversity?dm_i=2VBX,9XB9,27LMJ6,XTCN,1
- “Diversity” is a Problem https://bittergertrude.com/2016/09/07/diversity-is-a-problem/
- Why I’m Racist… https://beyondtheglasswall.wordpress.com/2016/07/12/why-im-a-racist/
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