Michelle Obama, “Activism”, and Museum Employment: Part I

A good read, and I look forward to the rest of the series. I’m particularly interested in the phrase “human investments,” and the way it resonates with other discussions going on in the field about inclusion, paid/unpaid internships, wage equality, and diversity of all sorts in leadership roles.

the incluseum

Over the next few weeks, a handful of Incluseumers will reflect on and unify three topics that are usually treated as separate. At the end of each post, we’ll attach a worksheet with suggestions for how to work through some of the ideas we discuss. You can download and print these worksheets to initiate conversations with colleagues. For the first post in this series, Porchia, Aletheia, and I (Rose) respond to Michelle Obama’s speech for the reopening of the Whitney.

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Last week, Michelle Obama gave a speech for the reopening of the Whitney Art Museum in New York City. In this speech, she remarked that museums tend to not do a good job affirming youth of color. She stated:

You see, there are so many kids in this country who look at places like museums and concert halls and other cultural centers and they think to themselves, well…

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