Making BlackLivesMatter in Museums
Forces of Change
Start Day and Time
Tuesday May 9 1:30-2:45 p.m.
Venue and Meeting Room
221 America's Center
This session orients individuals new to applying a racial justice focus to museums. Our interactive, dialogue-centered session reveals how museum staff can implement anti-racism strategies that make black lives matter inside and outside museums. Through working in small groups, we tackle real-world scenarios and design actionable practices for museum contexts.
- Identify internal dynamics of race within museums.
- Design antiracism and intersectional strategies to decenter whiteness in museums.
- Define terms and identify resources to strengthen your knowledge of race and racism.
Museum educator, writer, and co-founder of #museumsrespondtoFerguson, Adrianne Russell has written and presented about the intersections of art, race, gender, and culture for Smithsonian Magazine, Temporary Art Review, Fusion, Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, and her blog Cabinet of Curiosities. She is committed to dismantling the overwhelming whiteness of museums and is a founding member of Museum Workers Speak.
Doctoral Candidate, Department of Art History
University of Illinois at Chicago
Alyssa Greenberg is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Art History at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a recipient of the University Fellowship and the Dean's Scholar Award. Her research interests include museum pedagogy and the museum as a site of activism. She currently serves on the leadership committee for Chicago Emerging Museum Professionals and is a founding member of Museum Workers Speak.