April 15, 2020
Museums across the world have recently been creating “safe spaces.” However, safe spaces can be a problematic concept, as they often incorrectly assume that all space can be “safe” to all people in the same way. What is safe for white, ableist individuals may not feel safe for a person of colour, queer, and/or disabled individual. Sometimes, regardless of what a museum does, spaces will never feel safe due to the institution’s founding in colonial history.
Join Regan Shrumm, Assistant Curator at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, for this important webinar. Regan introduced “brave” spaces, focusing on personal stories from her experience of being a queer museum worker with disabilities, as well as lessons learned from completing an accessibility audit at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. This webinar looks at creating brave spaces through physical museum and gallery spaces, programming, collaborative relationships, staff management, and policies, with tools the participants can bring into their own institutions.