A recent article in PLOS ONE analyzed data from 18 major museums to find that 85% of artists are white and 87% are men. [PLOS ONE]
The NSU Art Museum in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is hosting a symposium on queer artists and artists of color. [Broward Palm Beach New Times]
A new survey indicates a slight increase in museum leadership since 2015. [Hyperallergic]
The project will provide a major push toward diversifying museum leadership in the United States (The New York Times)
Kate Fishman and Katie Lucey, the arts editors for The Oberlin Review, reflect on the necessity increased representation of underrepresented artists and curators and the need for academic courses outside of the Western-based cannon of art. This reflection comes in the wake of the Allen Memorial Art’s recent “Creating Space: Curating Black Art Now” symposium. (The Oberlin Review)
Image above by Claire Wang
In July 2018, the Association for Art Museum Directors announced the launch of a pilot internship program to “engage undergraduate students from underrepresented backgrounds and nurture their career opportunities in the art museum field.”
Interested museums involved in AAMD were asked to submit proposals to host interns through this pilot program.
In November 2018, AAMD announced the list of participating institutions: the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the Anchorage Museum, the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Chazen Museum of Art, the McNay Art Museum, the Mississippi Museum of Art, the Missoula Art Museum, the Montclair Art Museum, the Portland Art Museum, the San José Museum of Art, and Duke University’s Nasher Museum of Art. (ARTFORUM)
The weekly CAA Conversations Podcast continues the vibrant discussions initiated at our Annual Conference. Listen in each week as educators explore arts and pedagogy, tackling everything from the day-to-day grind to the big, universal questions of the field.
Elizabeth Guffey, Matt Ferranto, and Rebecca Mushtare discuss “Bringing Access to Design Practice: Teaching Inclusion in the 21st Century.”
Elizabeth Guffey is Professor of Art & Design History, State University of New York at Purchase.
Matt Ferranto is Associate Professor of Design, Westchester Community College.
Rebecca Mushtare is Associate Professor of Graphic Design, State University of New York at Oswego.
The Studio Museum in Harlem has launched a new initiative titled “Find Art Here,” which will see reproductions of works from its collection go on display at public schools, libraries, and service centers across Harlem. The museum began installing these reproductions at the end of September at the initiative’s participating organizations, who collaborated with the museum to choose the works. They will host work by artists that the museum has supported throughout its history, including Derrick Adams, Benny Andrews, Jordan Casteel, Elizabeth Catlett, LeRoy Clarke, Glenn Ligon, Mickalene Thomas, and Stephanie Weaver. (ARTnews)
In spring 2017, following its strategic plan, the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) convened the Working Group on Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion (DEAI). Twenty museum professionals, representing a variety of disciplines, organizational sizes and types, and perspectives, came together monthly at the Alliance’s offices in Arlington, Virginia, and once at the 2017 AAM Annual Meeting in St. Louis, Missouri. For six months, this group examined the characteristics of effective museum inclusion practices and considered what steps the field could take to promote DEAI.
In this article, Nicole Smith of the Kennedy Center provides seven tips for museum professionals on how to make public programs more accessible. (AAM)