Museums Navigating Partisan Divides at the CAJM Conference

May 22, 2024 News

I was privileged to moderate a plenary discussion titled “Museums Navigating Partisan Divides” at the recent Council of American Jewish Museums’ annual conference, themed “Museums and Democracy: Elevating Civic Engagement.” This dialogue brought together distinguished leaders, including Jorge Zamanillo, the Founding Director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Latino; Rachel Perić, Executive Director of Welcoming America; and Dr. Vedet Coleman-Robinson, Executive Director of the Association of African American Museums.

Navigating partisan divides is a critical, yet challenging issue that many museums currently face. Our conversation delved into how museums can serve as arenas for democratic engagement and education amidst a politically divided landscape. The insights shared by my colleagues were not only enlightening but also underscored the vital role museums play in fostering community and understanding in complex times.

Check back here soon for information on how to access the archived recording of our session.

Photograph of the stage in the McGowan Theater at the National Archives Museum with the title of the conference projected onto a screen in the background.