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Association of Art Museum Curators Statement on Systemic Violence and Racism

Tuesday, June 2, 2020  
Posted by: Casey Collier
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Association of Art Museum Curators Statement on Systemic Violence and Racism 


June 2, 2020, New York, NY — The systemic violence and racism targeted at Black, Indigenous, and all people of color, including the murder of George Floyd, is a harsh reminder of the inequities that persist in our society, particularly by the very institutions meant to protect them.  We condemn all violence, bias, aggression and discrimination based on race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender and religion.

It is not enough to be passively non-racist. We need to be actively anti-racist. 

To address these matters, cultural leaders must support, listen, and be accountable for each other’s well-being. Museums exist to tell stories about, by, and with people whose lives and memories can inspire and teach. If Black, Indigenous and all people of color remain unheard through a lack of representation, dearth of cultural programming supporting their interests, and no clear pathways to long-term success, the field will continue to fail in its efforts to be inclusive. 

Art curators have the responsibility to document, discuss, and right injustices through equitable hiring practices, culturally responsive programs, exhibitions that welcome community voices, diverse artist representation, and fair interpretation and presentation of histories and ideas.

We raise our voices in solidarity with all people of conscience, in naming these injustices and dismantling systems that allow systemic oppression to endure.   

We raise our voices as a call to action, with the resolve and commitment to making lasting change.

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