Diversity in Small/Midsize Museums
The Asheville Art Museum’s 2020 interdisciplinary symposium reflects on the theme of Diversity in Small/Midsize Museums. The Museum invites undergraduate and graduate students in all disciplines to submit papers that consider the importance of diverse staffs, collections, storytelling, programming, audiences, and more for small to midsize public institutions (e.g. art/history/natural history museums, science centers, historic houses, zoos, botanical gardens). Students may present papers written for class, report on projects they contributed to during internships, or introduce original research.
Potential points of exploration include but are not limited to:
- How is diversity defined? Does that definition hold true for every community/institution?
- What is the importance of diversity for staffs/volunteers? Collections? Storytelling/interpretation? Programs/events? Constituents/visitors/members?
- How have institutions addressed questions of diversity? What are some success stories, and/or some efforts that provide teaching moments?
For more information, or to submit an abstract no later than January 5, 2020, click here.