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An Environment of Convergence

Posted by Melyssa Muro
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An Environment of Convergence

Conversations surrounding equity, diversity, and inclusion are currently affecting almost every industry.  From tech to home sharing, leaders are approaching new ways to engage employees, thwart exclusion, and consider people on the margins within their work environments and also within their communities. 

 

So, how are leaders approaching this area as it effects the arts and culture sector?

 

MoMA’s president emerita, Agnes Gund, has worked to diversify the scope of the museum, stating, “We serve a population.” In other words, the works should reflect the range of the population served.

 

To fulfill this need for diverse works, Gund reached out to individuals like AC Hudgins, who joined the board of directors in 2012. He has since contributed his collected works, including pieces by David Hammons, Henry Taylor, Senga Nengudi, and more, and in doing so, has enhanced the exchange of ideas from those with differing backgrounds. By housing these works down the hall from those of Van Gogh and Dali, MoMA cultivates an environment of convergence. In this way, Hudgins’ additions are immensely appreciated; as his friend and colleague Marie-Josee Kravis frames it, “[W]e have three million visitors a year… We have to be an agora, not a temple.”

 

Hudgins, as well as many leaders of color within boards, brings in diverse art and draws in a wider and newly engaged audience. As art and culture leaders work to close the gap between neighborhoods and lifestyle, they always keep at top of mind that the arts are the bridge that transcend that gap.

 

Photo: MoMA. Marino Miculan courtesy of Flickr.

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