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Reopened Art Institute Of Chicago Balances Needs Of Global Audience With Needs Of Local Community

Category: Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion

The Art Institute of Chicago has created a Department of People and Culture, a staff equity forum, staff color affinity groups, and a Leadership Advisory Committee made up of POC who provide guidance on exhibitions, acquisitions, programming and public engagement.

“We are working really hard to center black voices inside the museum, to make it a welcoming place for staff where they feel supported… really thinking about black staff and not speaking for black staff.”

–Sarah Guernsey, Director and Senior Vice President, Curatorial Affairs

The Art Institute of Chicago faces a question: how does it best balance continuing to highlight its treasure trove of art history's greatest hits from white artists with work from black artists, depicting subjects more relevant to the 30% African-American community it serves locally?

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