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A Presidential Conversation: Diversifying Museums

March 2019

During their conversation on the realities of diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion on Thursday, Mar. 21, Spelman College President Mary Schmidt Campbell, Ph.D., and President Emerita Johnetta B. Cole, Ph.D., provided history and context on the importance of representation in the museum industry, including in staffing and collections, and the necessity of women in leadership.

“When women lead, streams run uphill,” said Dr. Cole, quoting an African proverb. “Art has an unusual power to tell stories. And so when only some of the stories of some of the people are told, it is shameful.”

The conversation explored solutions, including the development of the Atlanta University Center for the Study of Art History and Curatorial Studies. “Our goal is to make Spelman College and the whole Atlanta University Center the principal incubator to begin to send young men and women out into the world to be professionals in all levels of the museum [industry],” said Dr. Campbell.

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