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Join the movement to erase the myth of museum neutrality.
Start the new year by getting your #MuseumsAreNotNeutral shirt & wearing this message proudly! Long sleeve shirts, hoodies, and v-neck tshirts now available (by popular demand).

100% of profits will continue to support the work of United for Puerto Rico to help communities devastated by Hurricanes Irma and María.

Museums can be agents of positive social change in our communities (local and global), and it's up to us to make this happen together.

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How committed is your museum to taking action on climate change? How committed are museums, more broadly speaking, to supporting the UN sustainable development agenda and to transforming our world by 2030, for the benefit of people -- and nature -- everywhere? Great post here from Henry McGhie (Head of Collections and Curator of Zoology at Manchester Museum) via the Coalition of Museums for Climate Justice). I'll be one of the presenters, along with Henry, at the World Science Centre Summit in Tokyo this November working to address these issues as a field. Add your thoughts.

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What are the things we can no longer accept about museums? And how can we replace our false stories with new powerful stories of change to envision a radical future for museum? Inspired by the words of activist Angela Davis, this modest manifesto—first shared at the Smith Leadership Symposium in September—brings the forces driving change in my own work out in a public, transparent, and vulnerable place. No doubt this list is incomplete, imperfect, abbreviated, and oversimplified, yet I invite everyone to question, add on, flesh it out, and help us all move forward to change the things we can no longer accept.

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Learn about this powerful in-school artist residency program at Skirball Cultural Center that works with teens to explore how art can be a tool for civic and social action. Educator Anna Schwarz shares her reflections. Bravo to institutions like the Skirball for working to build a better, more just society!! #MuseumsAreNotNeutral

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Curator & author Anabel Roque Rodriguez responds to the question "Should museums be neutral?" with an emphatic No! "Let me state loud and clear," she writes, "that museums have never been neutral." Anabel's thoughts are part of ArtMuseumTeaching.com's series addressing the myth of museum neutrality.

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It's time to erase the myth of “neutrality” for museums. Museum are not neutral.
It's time to stop equivocating about the role of museums in society. We’re still too frequently getting stuck at whether museums have a role to play when it comes to social and political issues, rather than moving past this and taking action as agents of change.

For me, this t-shirt is a statement that helps get us past this barrier and gets us into the meaty conversations that recognize the inextricable and complex connections between museums and their social and political contexts. Let's work together to surface this bold statement in a public way, wear it proudly, and be willing to have conversations about why this is so important to our vision for the future of museums.

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Museums have the potential to be relevant, socially-engaged spaces in our communities, acting as agents of positive change. Yet, too often, they strive to remain "above" the political and social issues that affect our lives — embracing a myth of neutrality.

Well, MUSEUMS ARE NOT NEUTRAL, plain and simple. Let's come together and spread this message. Order a t-shirt, wear it proudly, and talk about the potential of museums to do good work, advocate for human rights, and take a stand against hate. Museums can be agents of positive social change in our communities, and it's up to us to make this happen together.
- Mike Murawski & LaTanya S. Autry​
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The profits from each t-shirt purchased go directly to support the critical work of the Southern Poverty Law Center in combating hate, injustice, and discrimination through education, legal services, advocacy, and anti-bias resources.

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Thanks to the team at the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center for allowing us to share their powerful Culture Lab Manifesto, and to Andrea Kim Neighbors for her reflections here. If you have not read this yet, do it ... now. These principles are urgent for museums & culture orgs, and we need to take action on this vision.

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Great new piece from Jessica Kay Ruhle (Nasher Museum of Art) that brings together the leading voices of teens, contemporary artist Nina Chanel Abney, and JFK to recognize the critical role art plays in civic discourse and the growth of a community. What voices are leading you today?

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The "Constructing Identity" exhibition here at the Portland Art Museum​ was such a transformative moment -- for me, for this institution, and for so many in our community -- and I wanted to share this video slideshow that celebrates the people across our community who were touched by this exhibition and our more-than-40 education programs. Through this work, we are building and strengthening relationships with so many amazing artists, community leaders, non-profit organizations, and social justice activists -- people who are committed to making this city and this world a better place to live. Thank you, again, to everyone who made this all possible!
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