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Beyond Tokenism: Institutionalizing Inclusivity In Museums

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Monica O. Montgomery, Director, Lewis Latimer Historic House Museum and Masum Momaya, Curator, Smithsonian Institution

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Beyond Tokenism: Institutionalizing Inclusivity In Museums

  1. 1. BEYOND TOKENISM: INSTITUTIONALIZING INCLUSIVITY IN MUSEUMS MuseumNext 2015 Indianapolis Monica Montgomery Founding Director Museum of Impact Masum Momaya Curator Smithsonian Institution
  2. 2. Ten Ways to Institutionalize Inclusivity
  3. 3. #1: Acknowledge the Relationship between Social Justice and MuseumLabor Museum Workers Speak RogueSession 2015 AAMAnnual Meeting April 28, 2015 Atlanta, Georgia “I have a Master’s degree but am earning intern money. That ain’t gonna work.” “I fought tooth and nail with my boss to get an intern a measly $1000 stipend.” “I’m tired of being expected to accept that I make less than $40,000 a year in a major city.” “These labor issues disproportionately affect people of color.” "I am tired of being the only black person I know in museum leadership." “It gives me hope to hear the white people in the room talk about their own privilege.”
  4. 4. #2: Engage Voices of Museum Workers at AllLevels to Cultivate Change Advocacy Forum co-organized by Museum Workers Speak(@MuseumWorkers) and Chicago Emerging Museum Professionals (@ChicagoEMP) June 30 and August 24, 2015 (Next event: Tuesday, October 27, 2015) Chicago, Illinois #MuseumWorkersSpeak Tweet Chats Every first Wednesday, 2-3pm and 8-9pm Eastern
  5. 5. #3: Engage Communities from Concept toClosing Pacific Worlds at Oakland Museum ofCalifornia
  6. 6. Especially Docents, Artists, Writers & Photographers #3: EngageCommunities from Concept to Closing
  7. 7. #4: Use Inclusive, IntentionalDesign
  8. 8. #4: Use Inclusive, Intentional Design: TransFamily Photo Project Margaret Middleton (Curator), Matthew Clowney (Photographer)
  9. 9. #5: Fingerprinting & Bi Lingual Touch Points Lewis Latimer Historic House
  10. 10. #6: Museum As Stage : Wild Papers Interactive Theater Lewis Latimer Historic House Museum May & June 2015
  11. 11. #6: Museum As Stage : Wild Papers Interactive Theater Lewis Latimer Historic House Museum May & June 2015
  12. 12. #7: Hold Space For Community Museum of Impact 2015
  13. 13. #7: HoldSpace For Community Museum of Impact Harlem
  14. 14. #8: CreativeCurators Community Poetry as Art Lewis Latimer Historic House Museum August 2015
  15. 15. #8: CreativeCurators Community Poetry as Art Lewis Latimer Historic House Museum August 2015
  16. 16. #9: Democratize Digital Space
  17. 17. 'Our Panchayat, Our Contribution,' Poster WomenProject ZubaanBooks India Secret Ballot (2001) Iran Film poster Georgina Choueiri Lebanon Veils Mural Acrylic/Spray Paint Chinwe Uwatse Nigeria Ewoo, Efukwa'am Watercolour on paper
  18. 18. #10: Shape the Digital Metanarrative
  19. 19. Thank you for listening! Follow Us! @MasumMomaya on Twitter & LinkedIn @Monica_Muses on Twitter & facebook. com/monicasmuse @MuseumWorkers on Twitter & facebook. com/MuseumWorkersSpeak @SmithsonianAPA on Twitter & smithsonianapa.org @LatimerNOW on Twitter & facebook. com/Lewis-H-Latimer-House-Museum-175533455845627 @MuseumofImpact on Twitter & facebook. com/museumofimpact

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