Cultivating the Genius of the Self-Made Artist: Working Self Made Artists & Arts Collectives to Increase Diversity and Community Engagement

Lightning Talk

Saturday, April 06, 2019: 9:30am - 11:00am - Grand Ballroom: Lightning Talks

Mia Loving, Invisible Majority, USA

Through out the country museums struggle to engage the average the citizen and be truly reflective of the city they are housed. Particularly in Baltimore, the most funded museums are the least reflective of the population and demographics of Baltimore. This should be seen as a problem. Museums get a lot of City, State and Federal resources to be the culture bearers of our society and they should be fully reflective of that society. What does that mean? More artists from the cities these places are housed, more artists of color, more differently abled artists, more artists not formally trained.. more performances, more films and more educational opportunities.. more accessible ramps and ways to engage for families. The solution is simple and could only benefit the museums, galleries and the places they reside. My talk would lay out some proposed solutions, while also looking at places that are starting to incorporate them. We will look at my work with Invisible Majority and how we brought untraditional art and mediums in traditional spaces.