Photographic Art Gallery Needs Resources for Diversity Education
April 14, 2016 11:12 AM   Subscribe

Looking for articles and resources about diversity to educate members of a photographic art gallery .

To build capacity across the organization so that the vision, values, and structure of the institution are in complete alignment with the cultural practices and programs of the institution so that the people of the institution can thrive equally.

How do we disrupt the structures and systems that perpetuate and reinforce the historical hierarchies the have privileged and excluded others?

In addition to educating the members of the gallery in terms of diversity, the gallery, as a result of this education, wishes to perform the following functions: diversify the art that is presented on the walls of the gallery; to diversify the artists the gallery represents; to diversify the audience; to understand diversity within its ranks beyond simply diversifying its members.

Types of diversity: socioeconomic, racial and ethnic, gender, sexuality, age, culture. What did I leave out?

Concerted, educated advice is welcome but not necessary. The organization will be completely grateful for links to articles that will help a handful of individuals understand what it laid out in this question, specifically those that pertain to the arts. Thank you for your time and consideration in this matter.
posted by captainsohler to Human Relations (2 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Just took a training using materials from Cultural Bridges to Justice. It helped to read the essays and watch the videos ahead of the session. It was clear to me from the comments that the people who didn't do the readings benefited from the session too.

Highly recommend this group. I've linked to their resources page.
posted by rw at 12:50 PM on April 14, 2016 [1 favorite]

How Gendered Language Affects Perceptions

It is important for staff and all media (ads, flyers, etc) to use inclusive language that is not othering. The way to do this is to use the broadest terms possible for communicating an idea that would not inadvertently exclude some group. So, for example, "people" is better than "men and women" because by specifying men and women, you implicitly leave out children, teens, and non binary genders.

So think hard about what you are trying to convey and make sure your language actually conveys that and doesn't, instead, imply "well-off white males" or whatever.
posted by Michele in California at 3:22 PM on April 14, 2016 [1 favorite]

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