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Museums Support Democracy

Created in partnership with Museum Hue, Museums Support Democracy webinars explored Museums and Civil Rights, Visual and Performative Protest, Environmental Justice, Healing Historical Legacies, Ethical Collections, and Multiplying Interpretive Lenses. 

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Learn more about these programs below

Museums and Civil Rights

Friday, February 25

Cordell Reaves, Historic Preservation Programs Analyst, NYS Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation

Sean Kelley, Senior Vice President & Director of Interpretation, Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site

Jerome Loach, Supervisor for Education and Partnerships, Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site

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Protest Through Visual and Performance Art

Friday, March 25

Libertad O. Guerra, Executive Director, The Clemente Soto VĂ©lez Cultural & Educational Center

Dayton Schroeter, Vice President and National Design Director, SmithGroup

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Environmental Justice

Friday, April 29

12 - 1:30 PM EST

Nicole Lim, Director, California Indian Museum and Cultural Center

Nancy Rosoff, Andrew W. Mellon Senior Curator, Arts of the Americas, Brooklyn Museum

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Healing Historical Legacies

Friday, May 27

12 - 1:30 PM EST

Dr. Joe Stahlman, Executive Director, Seneca Iroquois National Museum

Vedet Coleman-Robinson, Executive Director, Association of African American Museums

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Ethical Collecting and Deaccessioning

Friday, June 24

12 - 1:30 PM EST

Christopher Bedford, Director, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)

Lisa Sasaki, Director, Smithsonian American Women's History Museum, Smithsonian Institution

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Expanding Interpretive Lenses

Friday, July 29

12 - 1:30 PM EST

Dr. Haitham Eid, Professor and Director of the Masters of Arts in Museum Studies Program, Southern University at New Orleans

Alexa Griffith, Manager of Content + Curriculum, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

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Friday, August 26

12 - 13:30 PM EST

Samantha Rijkers, Senior Manager of the Citizenship Project, New-York Historical Society

Alisa Martin, Vice President of Educational Operations and Engagement, Tenement Museum

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About Museum Hue

Museum Hue is a nationally recognized organization that works to paint a larger portrait of the arts and culture field by providing greater support and recognition for Black, Indigenous, and people of color throughout museums and other cultural entities across the United States. Founded in 2015, Museum Hue has partnered and collaborated with arts and culture entities throughout the nation. Visit:

About the National Endowment for the Humanities

Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at:

About Humanities New York

Using dialogue, reflection, and critical thinking, Humanities New York applies the humanities to strengthen democratic society. Established in 1975 as the state aliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Humanities New York is a private 501(c)(3) organization that may receive federal, state, and private funding.

The Museum Association of New York helps shape a better future for museums and museum professionals by uplifting best practices and building organizational capacity through advocacy, training, and networking opportunities.

Museum Association of New York is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization. 

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