Museums are Not Neutral

Social Justice in Museums Series
Thursday, October 22, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: 

  • Illinois State Museum, Springfield

Event Venue: 

Online

Event Audience: 

Adult
Teen

Fee: 

Free, donations appreciated

Over the past five years, the museum field has witnessed a reckoning, or at least the beginning of one. Movements for change have been born and sustained – Decolonize the Museum, #MuseumsRespondToFerguson, Museum Workers Unite, MASS Action, to name a few. The Museums are Not Neutral movement sparks conversation and thinking and challenges us to question why museums are perceived as neutral though they never have been. Panelists will discuss this dissonance and share insights about museum movements, what they are achieving, and what is to come. 

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. 

Panelists:
LaTanya Autry, Cultural Organizer, Curator, Art Historian

Kayleigh Bryant-Greenwell, Head of Public Programs, Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery

Elisabeth Callihan, Head of Multi-Generational Learning, Minneapolis Institute of Art

Advanced registration required. Register for this program here.

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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