Practice, Opportunity + Change: Arts Administrators Speak on Diversity and Inclusion in Museums

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If you couldn’t make it to the panel discussion on Tuesday, we’ve got the video! Moderator Makeba Dixon-Hill guided the conversation with Andrea Barnwell Brownlee, Anthony Knight, Justin Rabideau and Alexandra Rachelle Siclait (via Skype). It’s a slow build, but stick with it. Who’s got rose-colored glasses and who has given up? Is there hope for more equitable representation in museum leadership roles? What’s being done to cultivate these leaders, and is it enough?

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The panel addressed the lack of racial diversity in museum administration. The discussion arose from the controversy that accompanied the Tacoma Art Museum’s exhibition “Art AIDS America” [read our review here], which is on view at the Zuckerman Museum of Art through May 22 (and not to be missed; tissues provided). The Tacoma curators came under fire for their inexplicable oversight of numerous African American artists from the era, an oversight that ZMA curators addressed by making additions to the exhibition of national and local artists.

The exhibition travels to the Bronx Museum of the Arts July 13-September 25, and will be supplemented there as well.

Thanks to WonderRoot and Floyd Hall for the video, and the Goat Farm Arts Center for hosting!