MUSEUMS ARE NOT NEUTRAL Virtual Bootcamp
Sponsored by DLR Group
April - June 2021
Museums have the potential to be relevant, socially-engaged spaces in our communities, acting as agents of positive change. Yet, too often, they strive to remain "above" the political and social issues that affect our lives — embracing a myth of neutrality. Well, MUSEUMS ARE NOT NEUTRAL, plain and simple.
Join this first-ever Museums Are Not Neutral Virtual Bootcamp and make a step toward taking action in your own work. Through this series of participatory “bootcamp-style” virtual workshops, attendees will unpack oppression in museum practice, develop a collective support network, and learn key methods for taking action against the deep-seated structural problems that exist within museums.
This series of 3 monthly workshops is geared toward museum professionals, leaders, and changemakers who are committed to advancing transformative change in museums at every level and in every area of their practice. This is not a “diversity” training session, nor is this an introduction to equity & inclusion in museums. These workshops are about taking action and being an active part of the transformative change that is urgently needed in museums right now.
Through a series of three 90-minute virtual workshop sessions, Museums Are Not Neutral co-producers La Tanya S. Autry and Mike Murawski will guide the group through open and honest discussions, radical self-inquiry practices, and strengthening networks with others dedicated to change. Participants will also be provided with selected readings and online resources to review between sessions, as well as an online platform to connect with fellow participants. Building a support network among participants is a key part of this collective practice.
- Gain a clearer understanding and awareness of the deep-seated structural problems that exist within museums.
- Build a set of tools to strengthen your ethical code and interrogate & interrupt the systems of oppression that operate within museums.
- Connect with other museum leaders and changemakers to develop a broader community of change and support for this collective work.
- Develop action-oriented strategies for change that each participant can enact at their own institutions.
Workshop Dates and Times:
- Wednesday, April 28, 1:30-3:00pm PST
- Wednesday, May 19, 1:30-3:00pm PST
- Wednesday, June 16, 1:30-3:00pm PST
- $190 - full price registration available on a first-come, first-served basis
- $75 - reduced price registration available through a lottery system
To facilitate the best possible learning environment and develop deeper connections between participants, the size of the workshop is limited to 30 participants. 25 full price spots are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and 5 additional spots are available for a reduced fee and selected through a lottery system.
FULL PRICED REGISTRATION IS SOLD OUT
WAITLIST SIGNUP IS FULL
REDUCED PRICE LOTTERY SIGN UP IS FULL
Meet the Presenters!
La Tanya S. Autry
As a cultural organizer in the visual arts, La Tanya S. Autry centers collective care in her liberatory curatorial praxis. In addition to co-creating The Art of Black Dissent, an interactive program that both promotes public discussion about the Black liberation struggle and engenders fighting antiBlackness through the collective imagining of public art interventions, she co-produced #MuseumsAreNotNeutral, a global initiative that exposes the fallacies of the neutrality claim and calls for an equity-based transformation of museums; and the Social Justice and Museums Resource List, a crowd-sourced bibliography. Her latest project, the Black Liberation Center, an experimental series of exhibitions, workshops, and programming, spotlights arts and culture that envision and strategize paths toward the freedom of all Black people, and thus, all people.
La Tanya has curated exhibitions and organized programs at moCa Cleveland, Yale University Art Gallery, Artspace New Haven, and other institutions. Through her graduate studies at the University of Delaware, where she is completing her Ph.D. in art history, La Tanya has developed expertise in the art of the United States, photography, and museums. Her dissertation The Crossroads of Commemoration: Lynching Landscapes in America, which analyzes how individuals and communities memorialize lynching violence in the built environment, concentrates on the interplay of race, representation, memory, and public space.
A museum consultant, change leader, and educator, Mike Murawski is passionate about transforming museums, cultural institutions, and non-profits to become more equitable and community-centered. After more than 20 years of work in education and museums, he brings his personal core values of deep listening, collective care, and healing practice into the work that he leads within organizations and communities.
Mike is currently the co-producer of Museums Are Not Neutral, a global advocacy campaign aimed at exposing the myth of museum neutrality and calling for equity-based transformation across museums. Since 2011, he has also served as Founding Editor of ArtMuseumTeaching, a collaborative online forum reflecting on critical issues in museums. Mike’s new book entitled Museums as Agents of Change: A Guide to Becoming a Changemaker is now available through Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
He previously served as the Director of Learning & Community Partnerships for the Portland Art Museum, Director of School Services at the Saint Louis Art Museum, and Coordinator of Education and Public Programs at the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum at Washington University in St. Louis. Mike has also served as a contributor to the Museums as Sites of Social Action (MASS Action) initiative supporting equity and inclusion in museums; and First Wave Project Advisor for the OF/BY/FOR ALL initiative helping civic and cultural organizations grow of, by, and for their communities. Mike earned his MA and PhD in Education from American University in Washington, DC, focusing his research on gender in curriculum development and interdisciplinary learning.
Special thanks to DLR Group for supporting this workshop series and transformative change in museums