Thursday, August 17, 2017

What can museums do to resist?


The recent events in Charlottesville and the responses of President Trump afterward should concern every American.


What can museums do to resist bigotry, racism, and hatred?


Here are some resources to help coalesce thoughts and actions:

Seema Rao has written an excellent post for Nina Simon's Museum 2.0 blog.


Nina has also started an open Google Doc to assemble ideas for specific things museums and museum professionals can do to resist oppression.


Two groups on Facebook that I learn a lot from:

Museum Hue

Visitors of Color



The "Museums for All" initiative



Now is not the time for museums to be "neutral" or to sit on the sidelines to see how things turn out.

RESIST!


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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Follow the money . . . to museum diversity?


Officials in New York City recently announced a plan that ties funding of cultural institutions to demographic information about staff and board membership in an effort to address ongoing issues of “equity and inclusion.” 

I really hope this plan moves the needle on systemic problems in the museum industry like inadequate salaries and the woeful lack of diversity in staffing and audiences. There has been lots of sincere and well-meaning talk about improvements to museums for over 30 years, but little lasting action.

Because the NYC plan ties improvements to funding, I really believe it has a chance to succeed, since nothing gets the attention of administrators and boards like MONEY!

What do you think?  Have you seen similar plans in action?  Let us know in the "Comments" section at the end of this post.


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