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Fighting for Inclusion

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The MuseumNext 2015 conference is all about inclusion. Everyone is "for" inclusion, but it doesn't happen on its own. How can we fight for the inclusive institutions we believe in? A keynote address delivered by Nina Simon on September 26 at MuseumNext in Indianapolis, IN.

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Fighting for Inclusion

  1. 1. Nina Simon @ninaksimon Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History FIGHTING FOR INCLUSION
  2. 2. photo by muckster on Flickr
  3. 3. WHAT ARE YOU WILLING TO FIGHT FOR TO BE MORE INCLUSIVE?
  4. 4. $
  5. 5. $what happens in that building?
  6. 6. empowerment
  7. 7. social bridging
  8. 8. 62,000 17,000 (2011)
  9. 9. 62,000
  10. 10. 62,000 50,000
  11. 11. 62,000 50,000 2,500
  12. 12. BUT IT DIDN’T CHANGE WITHOUT A FIGHT.
  13. 13. "The museum has become alluring to many who never partook before. But, at the end of the day, it is always solid content and character that endures. That is not elite, that is just the way it is." - member
  14. 14. “It doesn’t seem appropriate to me that we would focus on ‘empowering’ people. I don’t go to a museum to be empowered.” - trustee, City Council member
  15. 15. “I'm closer to the stodgy traditional museum supporter than to the audiences you are currently trying to reach, but I strongly support your outreach and attempts to involve new communities. It is precisely because of that outreach that I finally became a museum member last year. There was no reason to do so before, since the museum was doing nothing. I still have little occasion to go to the museum, but I'm willing to support it as an important community resource.” -new member
  16. 16. HOW TO FIGHT
  17. 17. HOW TO FIGHT
  18. 18. HOW TO FIGHT start small
  19. 19. WHAT SMALL INVITATION YOU COULD MAKE TO BE MORE INCLUSIVE?
  20. 20. HOW TO FIGHT start small arm yourself
  21. 21. We can accomplish XX part of our mission by doing YY.
  22. 22. rururevolution.blogspot.com
  23. 23. WHAT WEAPON DO YOU HAVE AT YOUR DISPOSAL?
  24. 24. start small arm yourself make space HOW TO FIGHT
  25. 25. via Beck Tench
  26. 26. WHERE COULD YOU HAVE MORE IMPACT BY MAKING SPACE FOR OTHERS?
  27. 27. start small arm yourself make space start within HOW TO FIGHT
  28. 28. “You’re making being bilingual a criteria for all front-line positions? Whoa. You must lose a lot of good candidates because of that.”
  29. 29. "I used to work at the Science Center. If only the teens would act respectfully and pull up their pants, the rest of us would be just as pleased with the program.”
  30. 30. “But that’s not professional.”
  31. 31. “We’ve always done it that way.”
  32. 32. “Isn’t this just a marketing thing?”
  33. 33. WHAT’S YOUR FIGHT? OPINIONS/ @NINAKSIMON

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