Museum Trends: Increasing Museum Staff Diversity

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Recent studies found that while people of color make up 38% of the American population, they only represent 9% of museum boards and 16% curators, administrators, and educators. Although these findings are not surprising to those who work in the museum world, they certainly make it nearly impossible to ignore the fact the museums in the United States are dealing with a serious lack of diversity within their workforces.

Discussions about the best ways to increase racial and ethnic diversity are ongoing and widely debated. Some people believe giving money to institutions is the way to go, and others want to give money directly to people. Commissioner of New York’s cultural affairs department, Tom Finkelpearl, proposed following the National Football League’s Rooney Rule, in which a diverse pool of applicants must be considered for each senior position.

Other leaders suggest for museum staff to look at people with diverse backgrounds when considering applicants for positions — dance or theater majors, in addition to art history or studio art majors.Steps towards increasing diversity include raising money specifically for diversity efforts among city-subsidized institutions. Future measures might include offering paid internships, which allows people who cannot afford to work for free get into the museum field.

Alternative first steps include raising money specifically for diversity efforts among city-subsidized institutions. Future measures might include offering paid internships, which allows people who cannot afford to work for free gain experience in the museum field.

To learn more about this issue, please visit: http://theartnewspaper.com/news/museums/pressure-mounts-for-us-museums-to-increase-diversity-at-the-top/

Amy Shirer ’18

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Gund Associate Team Spotlight: Audio-Visual Promotions

This week’s featured Associate team may be one of the smallest at the Gallery, but what they lack in size, they’re making up in exciting projects all around Kenyon! A.V. Associates are currently working on an interview with Transition States artist, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, whose exhibition at the Gallery ran from October 10, 2016 to January 2, 2017.  Lozano-Hemmer, whose work focuses on the intersection of art and technology in today’s surveillance-based world, has been the subject of vast critical acclaim across the world, and has had exhibitions all over Europe, the U.S., and Mexico.
A.V. Associates are also in the process of conducting interviews with Kenyon College’s senior studio art majors, whose work will be featured in a Gallery exhibition opening on April 24, 2017. These interviews will help viewers get to know the students behind the artwork and showcase the hard work of Kenyon’s artists.

-Jessica Lane, ’20