Dr. Andrea Fatona, Graduate Program Director of our Criticism and Curatorial Practice Program and Elisha Lim, MFA (2017) Candidate, spoke at a panel on making public and private galleries more inclusive.
On January 23, 2016, OCAD University's professional gallery presented a panel discussion and workshop entitled: ONSITE/INSIGHT/INCITE: Reinventing Public Galleries to Affect Change.
Dr. Fatona provided an historic overview of the context to institutional arts racial inclusion, through arts council grant programs and the Massey-Levesque report.
Lim spoke about her solution to gallery diversity, e.g. hiring Black, Indigenous and People of Colour to senior staff positions in galleries, art schools and arts organizations. They suggested removing "formal art degrees" from the list of qualifications in art job postings, and focusing instead on passion and a variety of experiences. They concluded with a list of the low-rank art positions that potential employers can look to find talented, committed, skillful people of colour, suitable to more senior positions.
The panel also include Irene Loughlin, a Canadian performance artist and writer and was moderated by Onsite Curator, Lisa Deanne Smith.
Photo credit: Ju-Hye Ahn.
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More about the Event: www2.ocadu.ca/event/12253/onsiteinsightincite-reinventing-public-galleries-to-affect-change