Roberto Tejada, CAA’s newly elected vice president for diversity and inclusion and Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished Professor in the Departments of English and Art History at University of Houston, spoke with Hunter O’Hanian, CAA’s executive director, about the state of the field and why achieving true diversity is so difficult in the arts field.
Following the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990, the Museum Access Consortium (MAC) was formed by a small group of museum and disability professionals that started meeting informally to discuss topics related to accessibility at their New York-based institutions. Today, MAC is an association that regularly hosts professional development workshops and offers a network of mutual support to help practitioners engage with disability advocates and people who have disabilities to learn about, implement, and strengthen best practices for access and inclusion in cultural facilities of all types throughout the New York metro area and beyond.
In 2015, Ithaka S+R, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD), and the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) set out to quantify with demographic data an issue that has been of increasing concern within and beyond the arts community: the lack of representative diversity in professional museum roles. Ithaka’s analysis found there were structural barriers to entry in these positions for people of color.
For the November/December issue of Museum magazine, Elizabeth Merritt, director of the Alliance’s Center for the Future of Museums, invited contributors to explore one specific future that might result from existing limits and challenges playing out over time. (TrendsWatch 2018 presents this scenario, as well as three other potential futures, in a format designed to guide museum planning.)
Ruya Maps, a nonprofit that plans to work with visual artists based in areas of social or political instability, will launch this fall. A sister organization of the Iraqi-based Ruya Foundation, best known for commissioning the Iraq Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, Ruya Maps will host projects across the globe.
Civic museums are the local institutions dotted in cities, towns and villages across the country that focus on the relationship between their place and its people. Without the global prestige of national museums or specialist collections, for many they may evoke memories of rainy school holidays, or beautiful but dilapidated buildings which councils and volunteers struggle to maintain and keep open. However, these institutions house a wealth of knowledge and potential related to the history of their places and local people, across hundreds of communities.
The program will include up to ten students, and will take place over the course of twelve weeks at different AAMD member institutions.
- 2017, University of Richmond Museums Engagement Report, University of Richmond Museums
- 2013, Task Force for the Protection of University Collections, AAMG
- 2013, The Responsive Roles of the Campus Art Museum, Seton Hall University
- 2011, Policy Museum Parent Organization Support, AAMG
- 2009, Curricular Connections, Perlman Teaching Museum, Carleton College