Tag Archives: Ethnic Identities

Think/Feel: Towards More Meaningful Encounters with Identity-Based Art

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 […]

We Who Believe in Freedom Cannot Rest

A year ago, a group of museum bloggers released a joint statement in response to the events that had taken place in Ferguson and beyond. The statement was accompanied by a Twitter chat that was facilitated by Aleia Brown and Adrianne Russell –#museumrespondtoferguson. They’ve continued to host #museumrespondtoferguson Twitter chats on a regular basis over the last […]

Announcing the Visitors of Color Tumblr

We’re excited to announce the launch of our collaborators Porchia Moore’s and nikhil trivedi’s timely new project: Visitors of Color. Underlying our field’s discussions on “diversity and inclusion” is a desire to serve more members of our local communities, especially those who have been historically (and are still currently) underrepresented among our visitors. These conversations are often devoid […]

On the 25th Anniversary of the Creation of the H-1B Visa, a New Digital Exhibit Launches

Later today the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center will be launching the premiere of their new exhibition, H-1B, to mark the upcoming anniversary of the creation of the H1-B Visa through the Immigration Act of 1990. The SmithsonianAPA is uniquely positioned as a Smithsonian initiative and digital exhibition space: Established in 1997 as an initiative critical to the mission […]


Over the past several months, a handful of Incluseumers have been reflecting on and unifying three topics that are usually treated as separate–the perception of museums as public white spaces, activism within the museum field, and museum employment. Our goal in unifying these three topics is to highlight how they are already inextricably linked and […]

R-E-S-P-E-C-T! Church Ladies, Magical Negroes, and Model Minorities: Understanding Inclusion from Community to Communities

We’re excited to publish a new post by our regular contributor Porchia Moore. In this post, she discusses assumptions and biases that hide beneath the use of the term “community.” How do you use the term “community” at your museum? Who comes to mind and doesn’t come to mind? This post is in line with many […]

Diversity and Inclusion in the 21st Century Workshop Reflection

The Incluseum was honored to be invited to last week’s “Diversity and Inclusion in the 21st Century: Reimagining The Future of Museums” Invitational Workshop, which I (Aletheia) attended. The workshop was hosted in Washington, D.C. by the National Museum of African Art and Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole and made possible by a grant from the […]

Two Takeaways from MuseumNext 2015

Did you know that MuseumNext hosted its first conference in the U.S. last month? Since neither Aletheia nor I were able to attend, I asked Alyssa Greenberg from #MuseumWorkersSpeak to share her thoughts and impressions with me. They became formalized in the following blogpost. If you want to continue this conversation, please join today’s #MuseumWorkersSpeak […]

Incluseum Letter to the Editor in Museum Magazine

This week the digital edition of AAM’s latest issue of Museum Magazine was published online.  A letter to the editor from the Incluseum was included on page 6. Because not all our readers may receive the print copy or be able to access the digital copy, which requires AAM membership, we wanted to share our […]

Michelle Obama, “Activism”, and Museum Employment Part II

In this post, Aletheia, Porchia, and Rose want to respond to Elizabeth Merritt’s March 26th, 2015 blogpost entitled On Morning Coffee and Activism that appeared on the Center for the Future of Museum Blog. Here, we want to challenge the idea that race/racism is one issue among many museums get to pick from and address. We […]