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Meet the Facing Change Senior Diversity Fellows

51 Museums Selected for Board Diversity and Inclusion Program as Part of $4 Million National Initiative

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American Alliance of Museums Names Task Force For Its National Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, And Inclusion Initiative

Facing Change: Insights from AAM’s DEAI Working Group

Facing Change Report Cover: A man looks into they eyes of a woman facing him with the text, "Facing Change" between them

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.

Download the report now to gain insights from the working group’s conversations about big-picture ideas and specific examples from their collective experiences.

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The Transformative Power of Inclusive Storytelling in Museums

My mentor Dr. Johnnetta Cole, the former director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art (NMAfA), often says, “It’s easy to live without art, but it’s hard to live well.” For me, …

Group Learning, Individual Work: An approach to DEAI

Many years ago, I had the opportunity to prepare my museum and the local communities for a science exhibition presenting race as a social construct. As we discussed the best way for our …

What Kind of Ancestor Will You Be?

As Facing Change Senior Diversity Fellows, I and my associate fellows have been tasked with supporting museums as they address the lack of racial diversity in the governances of their …

Table Setting: The work before the work

Often when I talk with folks about DEAI work there is a sense of urgency. They’ll say, “We’ve gotta make this happen now because so and so is really a problem,” or “We need our community …

Belonging: Co-creating welcoming and equitable museums

“Can you describe a time you felt unwelcome or like you didn’t belong in a museum?” This question was posed during a recent conference call for the Facing Change Senior Diversity Fellows. …

Meet the Facing Change Senior Diversity Fellows

Only nine short months have passed since AAM began its initiative Facing Change: Advancing Museum Board Diversity & Inclusion, which provides training, support, and resources to help …

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