Today we had the opportunity to sit down with staff and Board President of the Tacoma Art Museum, as a response to our Die In at TAM. It was a productive meeting.
We discussed the importance of our action, and the impact it has had within our communities. Not only has it shaped the discussion around the HIV/AIDS epidemic, but also the responsibility museums have to be inclusive.
The curator said that he feels like he failed us with the exhibit, and if he could go back and do it differently, he would. Reality is that he can not go back. But, the museum is committed to making changes going forward.
Below are three of the commitments
The Tacoma Art Museum has committed to working with the other venues that will be showing Art AIDS America, to include more Black artists. Tacoma Art Museum is also dedicated to continuing the discussion of the HIV/AIDS epidemic beyond when Art AIDS America closes on January 10, 2016.
The Tacoma Art Museum has committed to investing money and time in staff-wide diversity trainings, such as Undoing Institutionalized Racism.
The Tacoma Art Museum has committed to ongoing dialogues and actions to include Black people at every level. (Membership, community events, volunteers, staff, and the Board of Trustees).
We are committed to holding the Tacoma Art Museum accountable for their commitments and to engaging with them as a resource.
We want to remind everyone that our campaign is about more than one exhibition, more than one museum, and more than one city. Our action was about making sure that Black voices cease to be ignored in an effort to make systemic changes.
We are very grateful to the time and effort that the Tacoma Art Museum has dedicated to our community, and we are proud that they are setting an example for museums nation-wide.
Tacoma Action Collective.
[Above is a update in response to the story that was published below on December 22, 2015 from thestranger.com]
The Protest Over the Lack of Black Artists at Art AIDS America Goes National
Last Thursday's die-in protest against the lack of Black artists in the exhibition Art AIDS America at Tacoma Art Museum. PHOTO BY SAIYARE RAFAEL
Last Friday, I wrote about a developing protest over how few Black artists are included in the groundbreaking exhibition Art AIDS America at Tacoma Art Museum—given that "Blacks/African Americans continue to experience the most severe burden of HIV, compared with other races and ethnicities," the Centers for Disease Control reports. (Read entire article here)