Museums are Places that are Quietly Subversive

Presenter(s): 

Dana Whitelaw, Ph.D., President, High Desert Museum
Sonja Lunde, Deputy Director, Utah Museum of Fine Arts
Dulce Kersting-Lark, Executive Director, Latah County Historical Society

Moderator: 

W. James Burns, Ph.D., Executive Director, Arizona Historical Society

Track: 

  • Visitor Experience

Has your museum ever tried to engage audiences in controversial topics, moderate discussions about social movements, or introduce inclusive practices only to be stymied by your board or director? Does it feel impossible for your museum to be an advocate for social justice issues? This session is informed by the growing movement of museums and museum professionals working to dispel the myth of institutional neutrality or nonpartisanship, the reality of museum professionals who can’t overtly address controversial topics and a belief that “museums are places that are quietly subversive.”