Racism, Unrest, and the Role of the Museum Field

Recorded On: 06/03/2020


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The murders of David McAtee and George Floyd and the resultant anger, fear, and hopelessness-fueled violence across our country follows the senseless killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, and Breonna Taylor in recent weeks – and far too many others stemming back to the racial terror lynchings of the last century and the cruelty of slavery.

Compounding these racist acts is a global pandemic and financial crisis that is disproportionately affecting people of color. As museums set their sights on financial recovery and reopening, how do we ensure that we are centering equity and prioritizing the needs of our country’s black and brown communities and colleagues? How do we create a space for healing, and building authentic relationships across difference? How do we use what is an unbearable time for many, to come together in solidarity and use the strength of the museum field to fight racism across the country?

Join museum leaders, Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole, Secretary Lonnie Bunch, and Lori Fogarty for a conversation that helps us process the weight of the current moment together and inspires action as we look to rebuild our field and our society for the better. Questions and topics posed will reflect the discussions that take place during #AAMvirtual June 1-3.

Lori Fogarty

Johnnetta Cole

Secretary Lonnie Bunch

Brooke Leonard

Andrew Plumley

Natanya Khashan

Aaron Horad

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Racism, Unrest, and the Role of the Museum Field
06/03/2020 at 3:00 PM (EDT)   |  90 minutes
06/03/2020 at 3:00 PM (EDT)   |  90 minutes The murders of David McAtee and George Floyd and the resultant anger, fear, and hopelessness-fueled violence across our country follows the senseless killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, and Breonna Taylor in recent weeks – and far too many others stemming back to the racial terror lynchings of the last century and the cruelty of slavery. Compounding these racist acts is a global pandemic and financial crisis that is disproportionately affecting people of color. As museums set their sights on financial recovery and reopening, how do we ensure that we are centering equity and prioritizing the needs of our country’s black and brown communities and colleagues? How do we create a space for healing, and building authentic relationships across difference? How do we use what is an unbearable time for many, to come together in solidarity and use the strength of the museum field to fight racism across the country? Join museum leaders, Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole, Secretary Lonnie Bunch, and Lori Fogarty for a conversation that helps us process the weight of the current moment together and inspires action as we look to rebuild our field and our society for the better. Questions and topics posed will reflect the discussions that take place during #AAMvirtual June 1-3.