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My Art Museum Mission

By Imagining America | January 26, 2015

By La Tanya S. Autry, PAGE Co-director

*The life and thoughtful words of the beloved Maya Angelou guide me as I carve a career path in the arts. Her statement: “I am working toward a time when everything gives me joy!” encourages me to consider what is important to achieve.

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Yinka Shonibare, Scramble for Africa, 2003, Brooklyn Museum of Art, 2009. Photo by La Tanya S. Autry

 

I am working toward a time when
being black and a curator doesn’t elicit surprise
the curators, educators, conservators, and directors are of all races, ethnicities, and
genders

I am working toward a time when
past and present systems of omission, discrimination, and privilege are admitted,
addressed, and resisted

I am working toward a time when
more people realize that works by women and people of color are integral to the social
relevancy of institutions

I am working toward a time when
fear of donor disapproval doesn’t obstruct progress, education, and inclusion

I am working toward a time when
programming regularly engages diverse communities

I am working toward a time when
art museums operate as sites of dialogue and social justice, places for public
conversations about things that fracture society

I am working toward a time when
institutions work as collaborative partners with local community organizations
to improve the lives of oppressed people

I am working toward a time when
art museums are truly centers for all people