Small museums and social justice: let's start the conversation.
SMA Statement on Black Lives Matter
In recent months, protests have spread across the United States in response to the death of George Floyd. Communities have come together to protest the systemic racism that oppresses the African American community and allows injustices to continue again and again. These protests have frequently clashed with disproportionate responses from police. Such clashes have led to wide-scale rioting in some locations. However, the destruction of property is insignificant in comparison to the destruction of human life.
As small museums that serve our communities, we must constantly examine and consider the causes that have led to our current state of affairs. Talking about racism is uncomfortable, but we have an obligation to do so. Small museums are in a special position to pose questions, educate their communities, and effect social change. There is pain and hurt in our communities, but through our combined voices, the country as a whole can begin a necessary dialogue.
SMA's Commitment to Social Justice
The Small Museum Association has formed a social justice committee to provide ideas and resources which will help members and followers be a part of the solution to racial and social injustice in our communities. What are some issues your museum needs help addressing? How can we be more inclusive in the telling of our stories and in telling the whole story? And what are some best practices you can share with our museum community?
We recognize that this is ongoing work, and will continue to update this page with additional resources based, in part, on suggestions from our membership. If you have questions or suggestions about these resources, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org