Diversity has long been an important issue to the museum community. It means operating in a way that makes the whole community a vital part of the life of the organization, both behind the scenes, in the collections and in the audience. Ron Chew delivered a memorable keynote at our 2012 annual conference about diversity that inspired us to devote the 2013 conference to "What It Means to Be Diverse." Below you will find a variety of resources and documents related to diversity in museums.
It's a conversation that is essential and ongoing. If there are any links you would like to see here, please contact us.
Interview with Ron Chew about Diversity in Museums
Ron Chew was the keynoter at the 2012 NYS Museums in Conversation Conference, and his participation and this interview inspired the 2013 conference theme, "What Does It Mean to Be Diverse?"
In 2010, MANY and the New York State Council on the Arts Museum Program collaborated with Kimberli Gant, a graduate student and former staff member of the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, on a survey looking at the demographic composition of staff, board and volunteers in NYS museums and heritage organizations. Kim’s research resulted in a poster session presentation at the College Art Association’s 2011 annual conference. This is a storyboard of her presentation.
The survey results reinforce what many of us know to be the case regarding the diversity of the museum field. We now have some quantitative data that might help propel us toward creating new pathways for diversifying staff, boards and volunteer corps.
This report is the result of a survey of organizational diversity in the non-profit sector. "The nonprofit sector’s collective ability to attract, retain, and advance people of color determines the quality of talent and directly impacts our ability to meet our respective missions," the report begins.