A couple weeks ago, I (Rose) had the pleasure to attend a panel discussion on Interpreting Slavery in a Historic City moderated by Porchia Moore. This event was held at the Jepson Center in Savannah, GA and brought together four panelists from different local institutions (see flyer below) (note: the flyer lists five names; George […]

If you are or have been a museum worker, please consider taking a short, 10-question survey on sexual harassment and assault in the workplace. Results will be used to inform an article we (Aletheia Wittman and nikhil trivedi) are writing now that is inspired by questions that also drove our blog post titled “Gender Equity […]

By Ariana Lee *** “[A] landscape can be a place, if explored, or remain a landscape, if simply observed.” – Lucy Lippard, Lure of the Local, 1997   In 1948, my father and mother’s parents immigrated from China and Iran respectively. Although both families had planned to return, they ultimately decided to stay in the […]

By Therese Quinn, Matthew Yasuoka, Jose Luis Benavides and other members of the Illinois Deaths in Custody Project *** On July 6, 2016, Minnesota school-worker Philando Castile was shot and killed by a police officer after being pulled over for a broken tail light. Ten days later the Science Museum of Minnesota posted a placard […]

We are excited to feature the work of Alyssa Machida who has been weaving theory through practice to develop a workbook and toolkit entitled: “The Dreamspace Project: A Workbook and Toolkit for Critical Praxis in the American Art Museum.” In this third blogpost, Alyssa shares a reflection on the most recently completed section of the […]

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. […]