I realize that this Incluseum blogpost comes at an unprecedented AND uncomfortable moment., The current circumstances with the coronavirus pandemic are particularly challenging for the museum field worldwide. Our museums are ‘paused’ and we find ourselves working from home or temporarily furloughed at best. Or else perhaps, museum leaders have to envision restructuring or, at […]

Dear Community, We want to share a fundraising effort organized by Museum Workers Speak, a collective of activist museum workers interrogating the relationship between museums’ stated commitments to social value and their internal labor practices. We’ve been long-term supporters and partners of Museum Workers Speak (more here). They have created a much needed covid-19 relief fund […]

Dear friends, It has been our delight to connect and share with you over the last 8 years. The Incluseum’s goal has been to collectively and collaboratively inquire about inclusion in museums; how it is understood and enacted, along with the opportunities and challenges it presents to contemporary museum practice. The COVID-19 global pandemic has shifted […]

What follows is a statement urging museum leaders to keep equity at the forefront of their decisions right now, and outlining rationale and potential strategies behind this call. The statement was written by Elisabeth Callihan and edited by many others involved in the MASS Action (Museum as Site for Social Action) Collective and is endorsed […]

by Radiah Harper Dedicated to Peter Alan Harper, who showed up when I was writing. In 1979, my art history professor told me, “There are no great black artists”. I remember thinking, “What? Are you kidding me?” I was confused. I knew about Tanner (who painted in 1893!), Bannister, Bearden, Catlett, Lawrence, Savage, Mailou-Jones, The Harlem Renaissance. Didn’t he know about them? How […]

The 5 Dysfunctions of a Team.” In black ink is drawn a pyramid split into five horizontal slices. The slice of base of the pyramid is labeled “Absense of Trust.” The slice above it reads “Fear of Conflict,” then “Lack of Committment,” then “Avoidance of Accountability.” Finally, the slice at top of the pyramid reads “Inattention to Results.

 By Hannah Heller, nikhil trivedi and Joanne Jones-Rizzi *** Introduction Before we dive in, we’ll begin with a brief example of white supremacy culture in a situation encountered by friend and colleague Joanne Jones-Rizzi, Vice President of Science, Equity, and Education at the Science Museum of Minnesota: WHEN IS IT NOT WHITENESS? White supremacy culture […]

Today, we hear from Harma van Uffelen, curator of education at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. She shares about a multi-sensory program that the museum has developed to make the art of Van Gogh more accessible to individuals with visual impairments. *** Feeling Van Gogh is a program developed by the Van Gogh Museum […]

Happy New Year and Decade! As we move into a new year, we wanted to share with you an updated of what last year brought and what’s on our mind for the months ahead.  New Project in 2019: Online Reading Group In 2019, along with our regular publication activities, the Incluseum – with Rose’s project […]

This piece first appeared in the Summer 2017 issue of Fwd:Museums Journal, a publication edited and produced by the U. of Illinois at Chicago museum and exhibition studies program. Fwd:Museums allows authors to retain copyright, giving me the opportunity to republish here. Recently, I (Aletheia) have been returning to these ideas and influences to reflect on where my thinking has grown and changed and where it has remained – in some form – the same. Fwd:Museums is now accepting submissions (deadline is January 5, 2020) for their next issue, “Home.”

We are pleased to publish the writing of Simona Bodo, an Italian researcher and consultant. A few years ago, we had published her writing on intercultural dialogue, which you can find here. Below, she shares about her recent work with the Uffizi Galleries in Florence, Italy and their journey to activate the collections and the […]