Advancing Change: Museums, Libraries, and Communities Diversity Summit


Friday, September 29
9 am - 2 pm | Free

Join us for dynamic presentations and lively conversations in person at SLAM and via live stream. This year’s panel will center museums and libraries as leaders in their communities and explore alternative collaborative models.

The summit will include panel discussions and a keynote address by Dr. Louise Bernard, senior vice president at the Obama Foundation and founding director of the Obama Presidential Center Museum. See below for program details and information about registration.

Keynote address

Dr. Louise Bernard will deliver the keynote address. Dr. Bernard is a senior vice president and the founding director of the Obama Presidential Center Museum. As a senior content developer and interpretive planner in the New York office of the museum design firm Ralph Appelbaum Associates, she worked on the design team that developed the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, along with other national and international projects.

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Min Jung Kim, the Barbara B. Taylor Director of the Saint Louis Art Museum will welcome participants to the third annual Diversity Summit and Renée Brummell Franklin will provide a brief overview of the Romare Bearden Graduate Museum Fellowship, celebrating its 30th anniversary. Dr. Carla Hayden, director of the Library of Congress, will bring us virtual greetings from Washington, DC.

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Panel Discussions with
Romare Bearden Fellowship Alumni

Beyond Museum Walls: Community and Alternative Art Spaces

Join Jordia Benjamin, executive director of Indigo Arts Alliance; Danielle Burns Wilson, curator and programs director at Project Row Houses; Victoria McCraven, doctoral student in art history at Princeton University; and Asmaa Walton, founder of the Black Art Library, as they discuss how they have crafted space to support art and artists.

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Community Collaborations: Modeling New Narratives

Join as Timothy P. Brown, director of the IA&A at Hillyer; Rochelle Caruthers, director of the Missouri Historical Society’s African American History Initiative; Charlie Farrell, 2022-2024 Romare Bearden Graduate Museum Fellow at the Saint Louis Art Museum; and Sherri Williams, educator in charge for public programs and engagement at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, share how their organizations work with communities to build trust and craft new models for true collaboration.

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Tickets and registration

Free tickets for the on-site program can be picked up in person at the Museum's Information Centers. All tickets secured through MetroTix incur a service charge. The lecture will be live-streamed for free. Live-stream attendees must register online.

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