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LACMA and Arizona State University Announce Program for Curators of Color

PHOENIX, ARIZONA—To address the lack of diversity among top curators and administrators at museums in the United States, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University will launch the LACMA–ASU Fellowship in Art History. The announcement was made Tuesday at the American Alliance of Museums conference, Robin Pogrebin reports for the New York Times. The program will offer Masters courses and work training to develop a new, diverse generation of curators and museum professionals.

“We need things to start changing now,” said LACMA chief executive and director Michael Govan. “Addressing it directly and speaking loudly sends a strong signal.” Arizona State president Michael Crow added, “Many of our collections are too culturally narrow, many of our institutions are reflective of insufficient diversity in artistic expression. That means we need more perspectives from those folks who will ultimately be helping to run institutions.”

May 8, 2018