Transforming Inclusion in Museums: The Power of Collaborative Inquiry (American Alliance of Museums) (Paperback)
Inclusion" is a word, a concept, a value, a set of practices, but what should it mean for museum staff and leaders as they envision new ways of being a museum in an emergent future? Political and environmental upheavals, and now a global pandemic, are transforming the museum landscape forever. How can our paradigm for understanding inclusion continue to transform as well? This book offers a new paradigm for understanding inclusion grounded in a retrospective of museum worker efforts to test the limits of inclusion, a reflection on inclusion's advantages and limitations in practice, as well as the integral concerns of racial equity and social justice. Questions throughout the book invite readers to reflect on how their own experiences can add to, and expand on, new ways of thinking about inclusion in museums. Museum workers and lovers can use this book as a tool for engaging with "inclusion" anew, and as a terrain for collaborative inquiry and world-building that can help us imagine and realize new potential for museums in the future.
Dr. Porchia Moore is an innovative thought-leader, cultural heritage scholar, outdoor enthusiast, writer, artist, curator, and museum consultant specializing in racial equity. She is committed to creating a world that is verdant, free of anti-blackness, joy-filled, and uplifts the material culture and world heritage of all peoples. She is co-director of The Incluseum. Dr. Rose Paquet is a writer, artist, and facilitator. She works with people to use the power of the imagination to dream and enact future possibilities that center community care in its widest understanding--care for the body and soul, care for both human and non-human kin, care for the soil beneath our feet, the air we breathe, and the water we drink. Rose co-founded The Incluseum in 2012 and currently acts as co-director. Aletheia Wittman is a consultant, coach, and facilitator based in Seattle. She partners with people and teams navigating inclusive transformation within cultural institutions. She co-founded The Incluseum in 2012 and currently acts as co-director.