Welcoming LGBTQ Communities: Real Strategies in Action

Track
Forces of Change
Start Day and Time
Sunday May 7 4-5:15 p.m.
Venue and Meeting Room
226 America's Center
Description
The LGBTQ Welcoming Guidelines for Museums is a resource supporting inclusive practices for museum staff, visitors, and volunteers. Explore real-life examples of museums that are formally adapting practices recommended in the guidelines or working in the spirit of the document. Presenters will discuss actions they have taken, their museums' catalysts and champions for change, their real or perceived challenges, and responses from their communities.
Learner Outcome
  1. Learn about a free resource to help serve LGBTQ visitors, staff, volunteers, and other constituents.
  2. Learn about concrete examples of how your peers are already making their museums more inclusive of LGBTQ communities.
  3. Consider specific ways you too can be an agent of change to make your institution a welcoming place for LGBTQ individuals.
Speakers
Presenter: 
Annette Gavigan
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Senior Exhibits Registrar
Organization: 
California Academy of Sciences
Bio
Annette Gavigan, M.A. is the Senior Exhibits Registrar at the California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco. She's one of the founding members of the task force that developed the LGBTQ welcoming guidelines for museums, and she's on the steering committee of the American Alliance of Museum's LGBTQ Alliance Professional Network. Annette is a graduate of John F. Kennedy University's Museum Studies program and Lehigh University.
Presenter: 
Jaden Hansen
Role: 
Moderator
Title: 
Executive Director, Museum of Minneapolis
Bio
Jaden Hansen is the Director of Development for the Minnesota Museum of American Art in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is on the steering committee of AAM's LGBTQ Alliance Professional Network and a part of the Welcoming Guidelines task force. Jaden founded the Museum of Minneapolis in 2014, an initiative dedicated to creating access for underrepsented communities. Jaden holds a degree from the U of MN in Classical & Near Eastern Archaeology.
Presenter: 
James Burns
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Interim Director
Organization: 
Center for Creative Photography - University of Arizona
Bio
W. James Burns is director of the University of Arizona Museum of Art and the Center for Creative Photography. He chairs the American Alliance of Museums' Curators Committee Professional Network and serves as an advisory board member, for the Out West in the Rockies LGBT Archive, American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming, Laramie. He holds a doctorate in Educational Policy Studies from Georgia State University.
Presenter: 
Matthew Northey
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Public Relations Specialist
Organization: 
Field Museum of Natural History
Bio
Matthew is part of the public relations and adult engagement team at The Field Museum, where part of his works centers on improving communications and engagement opportunities for the LGBTQ community. He is also on the steering committee of Outfielders, the Museum's LGBTQ affinity group, which has implemented numerous changes over the past three years with the intent of welcoming LGBTQ visitors and increasing visibility for LGBTQ community.
Presenter: 
Michael Berlucchi
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Community Engagement Manager
Organization: 
Chrysler Museum of Art
Bio
Michael Berlucchi is the Community Engagement Manager at the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Virginia where he creates and implements educational and community partnerships to engage diverse audiences across Hampton Roads, and develops new strategic initiatives to expand the Museum's audiences, particularly those in underserved constituencies. Michael is president of Hampton Roads Pride.