Approaches to Equity in Art Museums


Approaches to Equity in Art Museums

Wednesday, November 15, 2023 
FREE for NAEA members; $49 for nonmembers

Join us as we explore ways of advancing and reshaping the museum space in praxis toward racial literacy, cultural humility, and radical equity and inclusion. How can museums take the lead in dismantling dominant narratives, removing real and perceived barriers to visitor participation, and learning new ways of being? This webinar examines both theory and practice in transcending traditional historical identities of museums and examines the potential for trust-based museum processes that are rooted in community and belonging. 

Drawing on decolonizing perspectives, as well as lived experience, we will examine art museum spaces and explore ways to develop more equitable narratives. 

Noël Bella Merriam

MFA Drawing and Painting, UTSA; NAEA Museum Commissioner for ED&I Commission; NAEA School for Art Leaders 2019; Smithsonian Latino Center Education Advisory Committee graduate; Artistic Director, National Hispanic Cultural Center

Noël Bella Merriam is the AT&T director of education at the San Antonio Museum of Art and provides leadership to her team for school, family, and docent programs. A member of the museum’s senior management team, she founded and chairs both their Task Force for Diversity, Equity, Access, and Inclusivity and the Land Acknowledgement Initiative. Merriam collaborates on digital interpretation with her team, and provides support for best practices in museum education and culturally responsive pedagogy. She is the 2020–2022 Museum Commissioner for NAEA’s ED&I Commission and a 2019 graduate of their School for Art Leaders. Also, she is a founding member of the Smithsonian Latino Center’s Education Advisory Committee. Merriam holds an MFA from the University of Texas at San Antonio in drawing and painting, an MBA in management from Our Lady of the Lake University, and a BFA in studio art from Southern Methodist University.

Upon completion of this NAEA webinar, you may earn 1 hour of professional development credit as designated by NAEA. Once the webinar is completed, you may view/print a Certification of Participation under the "Contents" tab. You may also print a transcript of all webinars attended under the "Dashboard" link in the right sidebar section of the page.  

Clock hours provided upon completion of any NAEA professional learning program are granted for participation in an organized professional learning experience under responsible sponsorship, capable direction and qualified instruction, and can be used toward continuing education credit in most states. It is the responsibility of the participant to verify acceptance by professional governing authorities in their area.

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