Category Best Practices

Reflexive Cartography: Or, A Ritual For the Dying Museum Landscape – The Socio-political Impact of Change in Museums

This blogpost is authored by Dr. Porchia Moore, who has been an Advisor and Regular Contributing Writer to The Incluseum for many years. This post is Part 2 in a 3-part series…so stay tuned! You can read Part 1 here. Dr. Moore is Department Head and Assistant Professor of Museum Studies at the University of […]

“Confronting Ourselves Together” at the RISD Museum

We say a special thanks to Kajette, Lily and MJ at the RISD Museum for contacting us to share their work and their willingness to revisit their original article from last year to add the following reflections. Offering Incluseum readers this sharp lens, informed by the museum landscape we are now operating within, allows us […]

Cartography: A Black Woman’s Response to Museums in the Time of Racial Uprising

This blogpost is authored by Dr. Porchia Moore, who has been an Advisor and Regular Contributing Writer to The Incluseum for many years. This post in the first of what will be a 3-part series. You can read Part 2 here. Dr. Moore is Department Head and Assistant Professor of Museum Studies at the University […]

So, where are we with cultivating inclusion in our museums? The quest to bridge theory to practice for moving forward

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 […]

Museum Workers Relief Fund: A Museum Workers Speak Initiative

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 […]

Survey on Inclusion in Museums

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 […]

Equitable Institutional Sustainability in Times of Crisis

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 […]

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.

Uncovering White Supremacy Culture in Museum Work

 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 […]

Expanding Care: Curation in the Age of Engagement

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.”

Call for support for Adrianne

Our dear friend Adrianne Russell reached out to folks on Twitter for financial support during a tough time of job loss, housing loss, and a large amount of hospitalization costs. This is a call to support her request for financial support, and a note of appreciation for Adrianne as a caring, thoughtful agitator for social […]