Museums and Community Engagement

Social Justice in Museums Series
Thursday, November 19, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: 

  • Illinois State Museum, Springfield

Event Venue: 

Online

Event Audience: 

Adult
Teen

Fee: 

Free, Donations appreciated

The 21st-century museum is a reflection of the communities around it and who it serves. How we connect and build bridges must also consider the absence and erasure of historically excluded communities. Museums are increasingly employing numerous strategies for the engagement of previously underserved or marginalized audiences, but there is a very long road still to travel. Experts will discuss insights and practical ideas for such engagement programs and how they can be sustained. 

Panelists:
Melanie Adams, Director, Director, Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum, Washington, D.C.
Dina Bailey, CEO of Mountain Top Vision
Donna Sack, Vice President, Chief Program Officer, Naper Settlement, Naperville, IL

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, acknowledgment 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 to cultural change and healing. 

Advanced registration required. Register here. For more information, please contact Elizabeth.Bazan@illinois.gov.

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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