- Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion (DEAI) is the work of many American museums today, but just a few years ago, very few major museums were conscious of the need to be inclusive. At the same time, museum workers have pushed for change and a recognition of how museums perpetuate racist practice when unchecked. Who needs to part of this change in museums? Everyone. From the board room, the C-suite, to the museum classroom, each of us have a role in becoming anti-racist in our lives and museum spaces.
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, acknowledgement 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 cultural change and healing.