The Gallery, Collection, and Department affirm this as a radically inclusive space. You are welcome here.
We recognize that museum work creates a tension between curating, preserving, and presenting objects from the past and a moral obligation to confront bias and inequities entangled with those activities. Exhibitions necessarily highlight certain stories over others, and these choices have social effects. We recognize the potential of museum work to create, sustain, and hide structures of inequality. We commit to transparency, reflection, and the hard work of striving for equity and inclusion in our Gallery, Collection, and Department.
We pledge to be anti-racist. Our departmental community is diverse and includes many who have been historically excluded from museology, art history, and adjacent fields. We pledge to cultivate an open, inclusive, and safe environment to increase diversity and ensure that all are welcomed and supported. We are committed to use our privilege to work on behalf of, and with, others to fight injustice and to make UWM a radically inclusive institution.
We also acknowledge in Milwaukee that we are on traditional Potawatomi, Ho-Chunk and Menominee homeland along the southwest shores of Michigami, North America’s largest system of freshwater lakes, where the Milwaukee, Menominee, and Kinnickinnic rivers meet and the people of Wisconsin’s sovereign Anishinaabe, Ho-Chunk, Menominee, Oneida and Mohican nations remain present.
We view this commitment as a living and evolving promise. It is inspired by statements published by the UWM Department of Art History and the Portland Art Museum.