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MAKING WAVES: A Reflection on Representation Part 2

June 19, 2020 | Allyson Hitte | Press Room/Blog



The mission of the Monterey Museum of Art is to cultivate curiosity in the visual arts and engage community with the diversity of California art – past, present, and future.  Two weeks ago, in MAKING WAVES, we reflected on our mission statement and how we as an institution were achieving it. Today, in celebration of Juneteenth, we are recommitting ourselves to diversity and anti-racism and sharing with you how exactly we are moving forward towards an equitable and anti-racist future.

Juneteenth celebrates the emancipation of the last remaining enslaved African Americans in the Confederacy on June 19, 1865 – 2 years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation.  It is a day for us to reflect on the inequality and racism that is still rampant in this country nearly 160 years later. As part of that reflection, we are sharing with you the concrete goals MMA has set to respond to the current demands for justice, and to set a precedent for equitable, inclusive, and anti-racist policies.

We are committing to:

  • Sharing diversity and anti-racism resources with our community in a devoted page on our website
  • Identifying and prioritizing artists of color and diversity, both historical and contemporary, in our pursuit of new acquisitions for the permanent collection of California Art
  • Translating primary object data in our collections database into Spanish in order to make this information more accessible to our diverse community
  • Expanding our translation efforts to include Museum communications (including emails, social media posts, etc) as well as collections material
  • Being more transparent with our members, donors, volunteers, and the public about the steps we are taking and their progress

It is the hard times that reveal an institution’s true values.  The past few months have been some of the most challenging times in the Museum’s history, but we will not let the hardships overwhelm us into complacency. We know that as a nationally accredited Museum and a trusted community center, our actions are being watched and we must take a stance against racism. We realize this is only the beginning and we still have a long way to go, and we invite you to join us on our journey.  Share with us your thoughts on how we are representing our community and how we can do better. Together we have the power to cut out racism and inequality through the power of the arts.

MMA Anti-Racism Resources