First, let me state how proud I am to work in a field where museums and other institutions (AAM included) publicly denounce hatred and bigotry. Simply knowing there are places that offer respite to those affected by violence and intolerance helps make all the darkness a little more bearable.
With these continuing events taking place across the country and around the world, we want to ensure everyone has easy access to resources they can use to help take the lead in the wake of such tragedies.
Earlier this week, we compiled and sent a list of resources to our Charlottesville member museums. We hope these will be useful to others as well.
- How Far Have We Come – Museum January/February 2015
- It Could Happen to You: Collecting in the Face of Tragedy – AAM Annual Meeting Session audio recording
- Museums and Well Being – AAM Annual Meeting Session audio recording
- Using Comics to have difficult conversations – Center for the Future of Museums blog post, May 3, 2017
- TrendsWatch 2016 – Free download; look at the chapter titled “Capture the Flag: the struggle over representation & identity”
- Museums Chart a Response to Political Upheaval – New York Times (NYT) article
- Museums Inspire Social Activism – NYT article
- What to do with tributes after the shooting stops? – NYT article
Tools and other resources
- Activating Diversity and Inclusion: A Blueprint for Museum Educators as Allies and Changemakers – Journal of Museum Education (added 8/21/2017 by recommendation of Meg Winikates)
- Cultural Competence Learning Institute
- Essential Engagement: Training and Coaching – International Coalition of Sites of Conscience
- Fostering Empathy Through Museums, edited by Elif M. Gokcigdem – available for purchase from Rowman and Littlefield
- Handouts from Diversity, Equity, and Access-focused sessions from InterActivity 2017 – Association of Children’s Museums
- How Museums Can Resist Racism and Oppression – Museum 2.0 blog
- Identifying and Transforming Racism in Museum Education – Journal of Museum Education (added 8/21/2017 by recommendation of Meg Winikates)
- Journal of Museum Education Virtual Special Issue on Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion (all articles free access) – Journal of Museum Education (added 8/21/2017 by recommendation of Meg Winikates)
- Museum as Site for Social Action (MASS Action) – Minneapolis Institute of Art – 2017 Convening
- Origins of Neo-Nazi and White Supremacist Terms and Symbols: A Glossary – United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (added 8/28/2017 by recommendation of Raymund Flandez)
- Teaching Tolerance
- Ten Ways to Fight Hate – Southern Poverty Law Center
- The End of an Era: On History, Context and Confederate Monuments – International Coalition of Sites of Conscience
- Visitors of Color Guide to Resistance Infographic – developed by Visitors of Color
Please contact the Information Center if you know of any additional resources to add to this list.