Decolonizing Museum Practices

Social Justice in Museums Series
Thursday, November 5, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: 

  • Illinois State Museum, Springfield

Event Venue: 

Online

Event Audience: 

Adult
Teen

Fee: 

Free, Donations appreciated

The museum is a colonial enterprise, designed to be the keeper of what’s important and precious for society-at-large. These institutions were often built on the bodies and belongings of Indigenous people and oppressed communities. Modern museums exist using these frameworks and despite legislation such as the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), there is much work to be done to begin reconciliation and healing.

Panelists:
Andrea Carlson, Visual Artist, Chicago, IL
Brandie MacDonald, Director of Decolonizing Initiatives, Museum of Us, San Diego, CA
Debra Yepa-Pappan, Native Community Engagement Coordinator, Field Museum, Chicago, IL

This program is part of the Social Justice in Museums Series presented by the Illinois State Museum. This series of four online programs will allow the public to look closely at what is happening in American museums today, especially in light of current protests and violence we’re seeing daily. Museums are in this mix with frequent open letters, calls to action, resignations, and more.

With the hiring of its new director, Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko, the ISM signaled a new era of leadership. She is an advocate for museums and their intersections with social justice and activism, community development, and memory and remembrance. In this role, she is committed to inclusive museum practices that include empathy, acknowledgment of historic and present injustices, and promote healing. Catlin-Legutko will moderate each panel, which will include thought leaders from the museum field discussing how museums can lead to cultural change and healing. 

Advanced registration is required. Register here. For more information, please contact Elizabeth.Bazan@illinois.gov.

Accessibility for Attendees with Disabilities:
Real-time closed captioning will be provided.

We want our event to be for everyone! If you require any access services or accommodations to fully participate, please let us know by 217-558-6696 or email Elizabeth.Bazan@illinois.gov at your earliest convenience.

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