Diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion in museums / edited by Johnnetta Betsch Cole and Laura L. Lott

Cole, Johnnetta B [ed.] | Lott, Laura L [ed.].
ISBN: 9781538118634.Publisher: Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield, cop. 2019Description: xi, 170 p.Series: American Alliance of Museums: Summary: Diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion in all aspects of museums’ structure and programming are top issues in the field today – and in the overall arts/culture sector. Much has been written, from various perspectives, over several decades. Yet, a lack of diversity remains and exclusive practices and inequities persist in all types of museums. For the first time, a go-to resource is available for readers interested in learning about diversity and inclusion work in the field – past, present and future. This edited collection of the most important essays, speeches, and reports on these topics seeks to facilitate a much-needed intergenerational dialogue that helps build on lessons from the past, broadens thinking about the many different facets of this complex work, and ignites inspiration for continuing to correct inequities across museums of all types, sizes, and locations. In this book compiled and edited by Johnnetta Betch Cole, who has served as both director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art and as the president of both historically Black colleges for women in the United States, Spelman College and Bennett College (a distinction she alone holds) and Laura Lott, president and CEO of the American Alliance of Museums, (the first woman to the lead the organization), thought leaders in the museum field present their research, analysis and work to answer some of the most challenge questions facing the museum field. Why do these problems persist? How will a new generation of museum leaders change this picture – to better represent the communities museums strive to serve and engage? What can we learn from those who have been observing, experiencing, and writing about these issues? (Font: Editor)
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Diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion in all aspects of museums’ structure and programming are top issues in the field today – and in the overall arts/culture sector. Much has been written, from various perspectives, over several decades. Yet, a lack of diversity remains and exclusive practices and inequities persist in all types of museums.

For the first time, a go-to resource is available for readers interested in learning about diversity and inclusion work in the field – past, present and future. This edited collection of the most important essays, speeches, and reports on these topics seeks to facilitate a much-needed intergenerational dialogue that helps build on lessons from the past, broadens thinking about the many different facets of this complex work, and ignites inspiration for continuing to correct inequities across museums of all types, sizes, and locations.

In this book compiled and edited by Johnnetta Betch Cole, who has served as both director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art and as the president of both historically Black colleges for women in the United States, Spelman College and Bennett College (a distinction she alone holds) and Laura Lott, president and CEO of the American Alliance of Museums, (the first woman to the lead the organization), thought leaders in the museum field present their research, analysis and work to answer some of the most challenge questions facing the museum field. Why do these problems persist? How will a new generation of museum leaders change this picture – to better represent the communities museums strive to serve and engage? What can we learn from those who have been observing, experiencing, and writing about these issues? (Font: Editor)

Preface -- Acknowledgments -- Part 1: A Call to Action: 1. Flies in the Buttermilk: Museums, Diversity, and the Will to Change / Lonnie Bunch ; 2. Museums, Racism, and the Inclusiveness Chasm / Carlos Tortolero ; 3. 2015 American Alliance of Museums Annual Meeting Keynote Address / Johnnetta Betsch Cole ; 4. Women's Locker Room Talk: Gender and Leadership in Museums / Kaywin Feldman -- Part 2: Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion Strategies: 5. Twin Threats: How Ignorance and Instrumentality Create Inequality and Injustice / Darren Walker ; 6. The Leadership Imperative: Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion as Strategy / Laura L. Lott ; 7. History That Promotes Understanding in a Diverse Society / Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko ; 8. Pipeline is a Verb: Field Notes on the Spelman College Curatorial Studies Pilot Program / Andrea Barnwell Brownlee ; 9. Museums and ADA at 25: Progress and Looking Ahead / Beth Bienvenu ; 10. Catalyzing Inclusion: Steps Towards Sustainability in Museums / Natanya Khashan ; 11. It’s Time to Stop and Ask “Why?” / Lisa Sasaki -- Part 3: The Necessity and Power of First Person Voices: 12. Much Has Been Taken, But All is Not Lost: The Restorative Promise of First-Voice Representation / Eduardo Díaz ; 13. No Longer Hiding in Plain Sight / William Underwood Eiland ; 14. The National Museum of the American Indian: Whence the 'Art Object' / W. Richard West, Jr. -- Part 4: Personal Journeys: 15. Disability and Innovation: The Universal Benefits of Inclusive Design / Haben Girma ; 16. Maybe This Time: A Personal Journey Toward Racial Equity in Museums / Elaine Gurian ; 17. Museum Musings: Then and Now / Cecile Shellman -- Appendix A: Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion Definitions -- Appendix B: The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Art Museum Staff Demographic Survey -- Appendix C: Museum Board Leadership Report Excerpt – The People -- Appendix D: Selected Resources

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