How Do You Spark Conversations About Race at Your Museum?

Track
Forces of Change
Start Day and Time
Monday May 8 1:30-2:45 p.m.
Venue and Meeting Room
223 America's Center
Description
Museums have emerged as important sites for dialogues about America's racial divides, developing new ways to initiate and facilitate conversations about race and equity. While challenging, these are opportunities to discuss, reflect, and recognize how such issues affect our audiences and our staff. This session offers various methods employed by museums, which include virtual, on-site, and community engagement models. This diversity of strategies for engaging difficult topics enables museums to be more responsive while leveraging platforms that create new, time-sensitive, and safe spaces for purposeful dialogue.
Learner Outcome
  1. See how to initiate internal discussions regarding diversity and inclusion to impact change in hiring and museum practice.
  2. See how this topic can be approached from different vantage points and methods.
  3. Conceptualize what your museum can gain by having conversations about race.
Speakers
Presenter: 
Brenda Tindal
Role: 
Presenter
Organization: 
Levine Museum of the New South
Bio
Brenda Tindal received her B.A. in History and Africana Studies with University Honors distinction from the University of North Carolina Charlotte (UNCC) in 2004 and her M.A. in American Studies from Emory University, in Atlanta, Georgia, in 2010. In 2016, she graduates with a PhD in History & Culture within the Graduate Institute of Liberal Arts at Emory. In September 2015, Tindal was appointed Staff Historian at Levine Museum of the New South.
Presenter: 
Catherine Hughes
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Director of Interpretation and Evaluation
Organization: 
Conner Prairie Museum
Bio
Catherine Hughes, PhD, is a hybrid theatre practitioner, museum professional, educator, researcher, and author of Museum Theatre: Communicating with visitors through drama. She is Director of Interpretation and Evaluation at Conner Prairie History Museum, overseeing daily operations and interpretation.
Presenter: 
Joseph Imholte
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Director of Public Programs & Special Exhibits
Organization: 
Science Museum of Minnesota
Bio
Joseph Imholte is a graduate of the Noyce Leadership Institute, the Chair of the Expo Elementary Site Council and the Marketing Chair for Theater in the Round, the longest running theater in Minneapolis. Imholte is a peer reviewer for the American Alliance of Museums' Accreditation program, the Vice Chair for the Traveling Exhibits Professional Network and was the 2010 recipient of an "IMTY" award from the International Museum Theater Alliance.
Presenter: 
M. Cecile Shellman
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Diversity Catalyst
Organization: 
Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh
Bio
Cecile Shellman is the Diversity Catalyst for Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh. Most recently, she was communications and community specialist with the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, working on programs related to the exhibition RACE: Are We So Different?, which earned the museum a 2014 YWCA Racial Justice Award in the Arts.