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Rethinking Our Human Resources Practices to Build a More Equitable Museum

Less than three weeks after COVID forced museums around the globe to close their doors last year, an article by Arundhati Roy in The Financial Times titled “The Pandemic is a Portal” …

A Deeper Model of Community Co-Creation

Museums often talk about reaching out to communities, or co-creating with community members, for an exhibition or project. But often in these cases, the formula is lopsided in favor the …

Descendants of Enslaved Persons at James Madison’s Montpelier to Have ‘Structural Parity’ in Unprecedented Board Restructuring

In a first-ever milestone for museums and historic sites that are former places of enslavement, The Montpelier Foundation (TMF) board of directors voted Wednesday, based on a proposal …

How the Delaware Art Museum is Centering Community Voices in Interpretive Planning

In 2018, the Delaware Art Museum (DelArt) began a radically inclusive approach to reinstallation planning, integrating community voices at every stage through focus groups, iterative …

It Is Time to Include AANHPIs In Museum Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion Efforts

Over the past year, we have all witnessed the increasing acts of hate and violence against Asian Americans, particularly against women and the elderly. Some have tried to cast these …

Virtual Internships Are Here to Stay—and That’s a Good Thing

Amid the challenges of 2020, one of the most successful learning experiences for me was pivoting to a 100 percent remote internship program at the National Gallery of Art. When I began …

Rebuilding Pathways: How DEAI and Creative Aging Intersect at the Speed Art Museum

As museums work to become more diverse, equitable, accessible, and inclusive, one community is often left out of the discourse: people over the age of fifty-five. This may be because they …

Hosting Remote Internships: Successes, Challenges, and Thoughts for the Future

When I posted our call for internship applications last December, I had a very different idea of what the summer would look like. A typical internship at the Chrysler Museum of Art involves …

With Rapid Response Collecting, Who Are We Responding To?

After the start of protests over the killing of George Floyd and the subsequent looting of businesses, hundreds of plywood boards went up in Greensboro, North Carolina’s downtown. But these …

Why Is Age Not Part of Diversity and Inclusion?

Diversity and Inclusion (DI) is one of the primary initiatives in the corporate world and continues to gain traction. Look at the managerial staff of any major company and you will see …

The Hiring Practice That Stymies Equity in the Museum Workforce

The authenticity of an organization’s actions to advance diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion (DEAI) is judged by two key factors: their consistency and comprehensiveness. …

How the Cincinnati Museum Center Reinvented Itself after Racial Justice Protests in 2001

Watching people of all ages, races, religions, and nationalities stand up for equality in the wake of George Floyd’s murder, my thoughts have drifted back to my time at the Cincinnati …
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The Era of the Visionary Museum Director Is Over … or It Should Be

Category: Leadership
I recall interviewing as a candidate for director positions, and "What is your vision?" was the most common question. The question requires candidates to take their limited knowledge of an …

Frankenthaler Foundation Energy Project Is Giving Museums $10 Million

Category: Environmental Sustainability

The Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, named for the American abstract expressionist painter, announced on Wednesday that it had committed $10 million to the Frankenthaler Climate …

Crafting the Museum Experience: How Mingei International Museum Centered Mission and Visitor Experience in a Major Renovation

Category: Facilities
In September 2021, Mingei International Museum will reopen after a three-year, fifty-five-million-dollar renovation. This ambitious and unique capital project, completed in partnership with …

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