MASS Action Convenings are geared towards staff teams from museums who are using, or intend to use, the toolkit and who are committed to embedding strategies of inclusion into their institutions. The convenings feature case studies, peer-to-peer learning opportunities, and other discussions of how to put theory into practice.
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2018 MASS Action Convening: October 10 – 12, 2018
Want to catch up on the 2017 Convening? Check out #massactionmia on Twitter!
Why attend MASS Action?
There are numerous reasons why preparing your museum to become “a site for social action” is important. For some, it may be the shifting demographic landscape they see around them. How can museums remain relevant if we are not meeting the needs of all of our constituents? For others, the “business case” for diversity is particularly compelling. How can museums remain financially solvent if we are no longer relevant? For the stakeholders in MASS Action, these arguments certainly underline the importance and urgency of the work we need to do as a field. Additionally, we are also unified in our belief that it is the right thing to do because it makes our institutions more socially equitable and sets high standard for conduct in our field. We are radical optimists, and as such, we approach this work with radical hope. We invite you to join us in making this vision a reality.
Who should attend MASS Action?
Museum practitioners from around the country are invited to come together to discuss how we can build our capacity to create more equity in our institutions, and to respond to issues affecting our global and local communities. For this work to take root and be effective, it is important that it be embedded across the institution in every department, and at all levels of staff. It must also move beyond discussion towards an actionable practice. We are therefore suggesting the following criteria to maximize your time at the 2018 convening:
1. Send a cross-departmental team of two (or more) staff, with at least one of the team members representing your museum's senior leadership.
2. Come with a specific project or challenge in mind (related to inclusion, equity, etc.) as well as topic(s) you are interested in exploring further.
Applications for the 2018 MASS Action Convening will open in the spring.
Participating museums at the 2017 Convening include: Adler Planetarium, Better World Museum, Carnegie Museum of Art, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Denver Art Museum, Detroit Institute of Art, Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site, High Museum of Art, HistoryMiami Museum, Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University, Michigan History Center, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minnesota Museum of American Art, Museum of the City of New York, Newark Museum, Portland Art Museum, Science Museum of Minnesota, Smith College Museum of Art, Smithsonian Institution National Museum of American History, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Spencer Museum of Art at University of Kansas, Spurlock Museum at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne, Tacoma Art Museum, The Andy Warhol Museum, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Phillips Collection, The Studio Museum in Harlem, The Walters Art Museum, West Chicago City Museum, and Whitney Plantation.