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CAA Solidarity Statement

posted by June 05, 2020

The College Art Association (CAA) condemns all forms of systemic racism, violence, bias, aggression and the marginalization of Black, Indigenous, and all Peoples of Color (BIPOC) as well as discrimination based on race, intersectionality, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status. As a community of those who study, teach, write about, advocate for and/or create art and design, we have committed our life’s work to learning-from, exploring-with, and creating-towards our shared humanity. As a membership organization we choose to use our voices to speak to one another and speak up for one another.

To ensure lasting change:

  • We encourage the creative community to examine biases, micro-aggressions, and who we leave out.
  • We encourage learning from sharing narratives of BIPOC.
  • We encourage providing services and support for underrepresented and entirely non-represented members of the community.
  • We will work to create and promote standards and systems that actively support equity in anti-racist teaching, research, publication and creative practices.

In solidarity, CAA, its board, and its staff continue to amplify equity, diversity, and inclusion and call our community to action with us in this commitment to change. 

CAA Values Statement on Diversity and Inclusion

For additional resources see the Committee on Diversity Practices as well as resources shared via CAA News, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

CWA Picks for June 2020

posted by June 04, 2020

From the series Cutbacks by Maria Kapajeva, 2017. Courtesy the artist and the Gallery of Photography Ireland.

In response to COVID-19, artists, curators, institutions and organizations have initiated virtual exhibitions, presentations, screenings, and curated newsletters, among other innovative approaches, welcoming the public to online platforms and opening dialogues on a range of topics. May and June 2020 CWA Picks present a number of initiatives that not only demonstrate ways in which social media channels and websites can be repurposed in light of social distancing measures currently in place; but most importantly emphasize the social role of the arts being a healing positive force in these unprecedented challenging times. June Picks focus on the continued presence and significance of feminist art both independently and in conversation with each other, in the context of our current virtual living circumstance.  

Filed under: CWA Picks

News from the Art and Academic Worlds

posted by June 03, 2020

A makeshift memorial and mural by local artists to honor George Floyd, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Photo: Kerem Yucel/AFP, via CNN

Why Only Race-Conscious Policies Can Fix Racism in Higher Education

“It isn’t enough to just believe that racial inequality is a problem; what policymakers, advocates, and citizens do about it matters most.” (The Education Trust)

Anti-Racism Resources for White Individuals

A list of resources intended specifically for white people to begin or deepen anti-racism work, including social media accounts to follow, books, films, and podcasts. (via Twitter)

National Museum of African American History and Culture Releases “Talking About Race” Web Portal

The museum moved up the release date for their new online portal, which provides digital tools, online exercises, video instructions, and scholarly articles. (NMAAHC)

‘My Emotions Were So Raw’: The People Creating Art to Remember George Floyd

Artists have been responding with works that seek to memorialize, to provoke, and to heal. (CNN)

Culturally-Specific Museums Created by People of Color in the United States

Bookmark Museum Hue’s directory for reference when you’re putting together syllabi, research, and programs. (Museum Hue)

Education After COVID-19 Cannot Be Reimagined Without A Racial Justice Plan

Without a plan to explicitly address racial justice, any post-COVID-19 plan for reopening schools is inherently flawed. (Forbes)

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