Museum Hue at AAM

Are you going to the American Alliance of Museums’ (AAM) annual meeting in a couple weeks? Below is a list of events you won’t want to miss! All of them are coordinated by or are organized in partnership with our friends at Museum Hue, an organization that “advances the viability and visibility of people of color using arts, culture and museums, as a medium for discussion, creation, and solutions.” Thank you to Monica Montgomery, co-founder of Museum Hue for sharing this list of events with The Incluseum. Be sure to check them out!

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Museums have the potential to be centers of gravity for play, dialogue, action, reflection, multicultural diversity, expression and so much more. During the 2016 AAM Conference and expo the team of Museum Hue is partnering with fellow progressive collectives and organizations to offer dynamic programs, conference sessions and events relevant to contemporary museum practice. We are shaking things up, fusing social action, discussions, and opportunities for exchange to bring vibrant energy to the AAM roster of events. Join co founders Monica O Montgomery and Stephanie Cunningham and their national audience of Museum Huers at a plethora of events throughout the Memorial Day weekend. Check out all things colorful, cultured and cool with Museum Hue!

Museum Hue advances the viability and visibility of people of color using arts, culture and museums, as a medium for discussion, creation, and solutions. We creatively engage all people around Culture, Community & Careers. We recognize the absence of diversity and inclusion in cultural enclaves and institutions and we use our presence and voice to counter this reality, foster agency, and help create opportunities and nuanced narratives to better our sector. Visit us at

Ed Comm Luncheon Keynote (Monica Montgomery)
Saturday May 28th 2016 / 12:30pm – 2pm
Washington Marriot at Metro Center 775 12th St NW, Washington, DC 20005

Join the Education Professional Network (EdCom) for lunch with colleagues from around the country and engage in dialogue on key issues relating to museum education. AAM’s Education and Leadership awards will be presented during an engaging ceremony followed by an inspiring keynote address from cultural entrepreneur, mobile museum director, and Museum Hue Strategic Director, Monica O. Montgomery. 

Museum Talks  “Beyond Talk about Diversity in Museums” (Stephanie Cunningham)
Friday May 27th 2016 / 4:30pm – 5pm
Walter Washington Convention Center | More info here.

How can museums challenge themselves to move from conversations about racial diversity and inclusion to actually changing the demographics of staff and visitors? Museum Hue, an organization that advances the visibility and viability of people of color in arts and culture, is working to make that happen. From tours that introduce multiple aspects of museum work to workshops that build skills and provide information, professionals of color gain the cultural capital needed to advance in the field. Museum Hue is also assisting museums re-think the criteria for their staff and audience. This actionable approach is a model which museums should use to move beyond talk about diversity to actual changes. Speech given by Museum Hue Creative Director, Stephanie Cunningham

Museum Hue DC Debut! Huenity Mixer
Saturday May 28th 2016 / 6-9pm
Charles Sumner School Museum & Archives
1201 17th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20036 | More info here.

Museum Hue is hosting a party and you’re invited!! Join us as we championing change for AAM attendees, advocating for people of color in arts, culture, museums and creative economy. All are welcome, mix and mingle with purpose driven museum professionals, EMP’s, recent graduates, career changers,  arts administrators, culture lovers and others for a fun filled party taking place during the American Alliance of Museums conference weekend at our swanky space in Dupont Circle the Charles Sumner School Museum & Archives. Saturday May 28th 6-9pm Food. Drink. Art making. Music and best of all its Free!

Monica & Steph at MOI BK museum

Museum Hue Co-Founders Stephanie Cunningham and Monica Montgomery with Museum Huer PJ Gubatina Policarpio

Partnership Events:

Museums & Race 2016: Gathering for Transformation and Justice (Offsite Collaboration)
Friday May 27th / 12-5pm
Marriott Marquis / RSVP to Museums and Race 2016

Engage in dialogue around issues of race in museums during three facilitated conversations. Explore ways our identities affect how we talk about race, how to support honest dialogue, and how to incorporate issues of race into institutional self-reflection. Visit the lounge during the afternoon to join informal group discussions or explore resources on your own. Strategic Director Monica Montgomery will be facilitating during the session on Empathetic Museums

A partnership of Museum Hue, #MuseumsRespondToFerguson, #MuseumWorkersSpeak, Brown Girls Museum Blog, DivCom, The Empathetic Museum, The Incluseum and Visitors of Color. Supported by The Museum Group and AAM.

Museum Map – A Day of play and discovery in museums
Saturday May 28th 2016 / 1pm
Luce Center, Smithsonian American Art Museum
800 G Street NW, Washington, DC 20001 | More info here.

Museum Map is group of curators, programmers and educators dedicated to implementing change within the museum field.  Museum Map examines current trends in audience engagement and provides a forum of discussion, dialog and debate about our shared experience and research.

Museum Map will highlight four themes: Empathy, Play, Social Justice, and Sustainability. Thought leaders from the museum community will lead participants in discussions of these themes. Following the conversations, Museum Hack will take the group through a fun and participatory tour to the White House.

Museum Workers Speak – One Year Later (Conference Session)

Saturday May 28th 2016 / 8:45am – 10am
Walter Washington Convention Center | More info here.

Museum Workers Speak envisions a viable, equitable future for cultural workers and museum professionals. We believe that museums’ internal labor practices have an impact on their capacity to serve as agents for the public good. We are an action-oriented platform for social change at the intersection of labor, access, and inclusion. Join us for a round robin chat with our national founders, discussing whats happening throughout the country with MWS and recounting our challenges, progress and hopes for the future of the museum sector. Strategic Director Monica Montgomery will be discussing her aspirations for Museum Workers Speak NYC and membership recruitment.

Center for the Future of Museums x Museum Hue (Collaboration)
Thursday May 26th 2016 / 12pm – 2pm
Walter Washington Convention Center as part of the AAM Expo Hall
Cast a Wider Net Interactive Experience and Checking Prejudice, Privilege and Perspective in Hiring Bias

Museum Hue presents ‘Casting A Wider Net’ experience, centering story to inform decision making in employment within museums. Our approach, considers the primacy of lived experiences of people of color, as a core value in seeking to influence diversity in recruitment, retention and hiring. By mining qualitative data, we empower decision makers to make inclusive informed choices that benefit and strengthen our institutions in the arts, culture heritage and museum sector. This interactive experience is a step towards improving museums track record with pipelining diverse candidates of color into careers, combating hiring bias and institutionalizing inclusivity.

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