By Hannah Heller *** A white museum educator is facilitating a conversation about an installation art work, consisting of a group of ten brightly dressed male mannequins with a group of white high school students. The artist has purposefully used patterned textiles in the place of skin color. The students start to describe the figures […]

By Radiah Harper *** You know when someone or something has crossed the threshold of your sanity in the workplace. At that moment, you have to make decisions, even when in a senior position. Has there been an irrevocable offense? Is it racism or oppression and intolerable? We ask ourselves, can I afford to quit? […]

By Jaden Hansen *** I founded Museum of Minneapolis in 2014 in reaction to the lack of representation for marginalized communities in historical society collections and exhibitions. My previous position as an Executive Director for a prominent county historical society, showed me the tremendous impact that creating space for people to tell their stories in […]

Have you had a chance to read Issue 1 or 2 of the Fwd: Museums Journal?  In their own words, here is their mission: Recognizing the need to critically transform museums, Fwd: Museums strives to create a space for challenging, critiquing, and imagining alternative modes of thinking and production within and outside of museums. This journal […]

In 2015 we were invited to join a committee brought together by Elisabeth Callihan and Karleen Gardner of the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Elisabeth and Karleen were asking big questions about inclusion and the capacity of the museum field to truly respond to the most urgent of issues facing communities locally and across the country. […]

The Incluseum is supporting lots of events at #AAM2017! Aletheia (@AletheiaJane) will also be acting as an AAM Social Media Journalist. You can read more about Social Media Journalists here.  You can engage with their reporting by following each Social Media Journalist on twitter and the hashtag #AAMSMJ! We rounded up listings for many of the events The Incluseum […]

By Therese Quinn *** Social imagination is the capacity to invent visions of what should be and what might be… Social imagination not only suggests but also requires that one take action to repair or renew. – Maxine Greene, From Releasing the Imagination: Essays on the Arts, Imagination, and Social Change, p. 5 After an […]

By Karen Carter *** In these troubled times it seems really important to go back to reading lists from my university days on African, African-American and Caribbean writers and history. I need to revisit these books partly to help me find my centre and also to help me advise young people on the gaps in […]

By Andrea Iaroc *** I remember how I felt the first time I realized I could read… it was wonderful! It was impossible not to become the type of reader that I am; avid and focused. Whenever things get murky (intellectually, emotionally, or professionally) I tend to do extensive research until my mind is saturated […]

While The International Coalition of Sites of Conscience has been active since 1999, I am addressing their work today because what they do is crucial to and resonant with our current national moment.  They offer a hopeful example for many in the museum field who are here for the “long game” of building collective power to use memory […]