What would it look like for archives, libraries, and museums to value their communities over their collections? How can these institutions more fully embrace practices of listening and relationship building, while interrupting traditional practices rooted in colonialism? Listen as Clinton Fluker, PhD, senior director of culture, community and partner engagement for the Michael C. Carlos Museum and Emory Libraries, and Mike Murawski, consultant and author of "Museums as Agents of Change," discuss the role of libraries and museums within their wider communities, how to begin reshaping what institutions value, and what it means to have a human-centered approach.
This event was co-sponsored by Emory Libraries and the Carlos Museum.
Clinton R. Fluker, Ph.D. serves as the senior director of Culture, Community, and Partner Engagement for the Michael C. Carlos Museum and Emory University Libraries. Fluker is the co-editor of The Black Speculative Arts Movement (2019), a collection that enters the global scholarly debate on the emerging field of Afrofuturism studies. Fluker is also the Cofounder of Thrdspace, a consulting firm that helps clients build communities around their missions through insights, experiences, and imagination. As a visual artist, Fluker’s most recent work was included in the New York Live Arts 2020 exhibition, Curating the End of the World, where his interdisciplinary pieces are presented as meditations on the themes of memory and fragmentation.
Mike Murawski: Consultant, educator, and author of Museums as Agents of Change: A Guide to Becoming a Changemaker (2021). Mike previously served as the Director of Learning & Community Partnerships for the Portland Art Museum; contributor to Museums as Sites of Social Action (MASS Action) initiative supporting equity and inclusion in museums; and Project Advisor for the OF/BY/FOR ALL initiative helping civic and cultural organizations grow of, by, and for their communities. When he’s not writing or thinking about museums, you can find Mike on long trail runs in the forests and mountains of the Pacific Northwest.