“learn the most effective methods for divesting from traditional museum practices that are rooted in white colonialist and imperialist histories”
Some of the people who earn this certificate will presumably end up working in museums and making them terrible.
The College Fix reports:
Tufts University offers ‘Anti-Racist Curatorial Practice’ certificate
Tufts University students can now take advantage of a program in “anti-racist” approaches to museum curation.
The university’s professor and director of curatorial practices, Kelli Morgan, created the Anti-Racist Curatorial Practice certificate to give students an opportunity to learn about rooting out racism in museums.
“Interest in the program is high. Currently, I have one student fully enrolled and am working from a list of approximately 120 potential applicants,” Morgan told The College Fix via email. That one student is the campus humanist chaplain Anthony Cruz Pantojas, according to The Tufts Daily. Pantojas goes by “they” pronouns.
The Fix also asked Morgan (pictured) about her personal experiences with racism in museums, but she deferred to an essay she wrote in 2020, “To Bear Witness: Real Talk about White Supremacy in Art Museums Today.”
“After six years of working as a museum curator—at a small, a mid-size, and, currently, a very large institution—I’ve learned how nefarious the culture of white supremacy in art museums really is,” she wrote. “The PTSD from racial trauma that many of my BIPOC colleagues and I are carrying is a clear indication that art museums are absolutely not in solidarity with BIPOC people and their communities as they claim to be.”
Morgan hopes to help others avoid these problems through the certificate program. According to Tufts University’s webpage for the program, students may apply for the program in the spring until December 15.
“The program explores the fundamentals of anti-racist, social practice, and community-centered strategies used by artists, scholars, and curators of color, and how these philosophies have re-shaped both art history and the museum over time,” according to the program’s webpage.
Students will “learn the most effective methods for divesting from traditional museum practices that are rooted in white colonialist and imperialist histories” as well as “gain tools for applying anti-racist curatorial methods to dismantle systemic oppression within cultural institutions.”
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