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Addressing The Lack Of Diversity At American Art Museums

Mari Carmen Ramirez, Wortham Curator of Latin American Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and director of the International Center for Arts of the Americas, leads a tour of the new exhibition, “Contingent Beauty.” (Amy Bishop/Houston Public Media)
Mari Carmen Ramirez, Wortham Curator of Latin American Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and director of the International Center for Arts of the Americas, leads a tour of the new exhibition, “Contingent Beauty.” (Amy Bishop/Houston Public Media)

The people in leadership positions at American art museums don’t reflect the population of the U.S., according to a recent study by the Mellon Foundation. In response to the findings, the foundation decided to create an incubator program to mentor students of color at five major metropolitan museums around the country.

Amy Bishop of Here & Now contributor Houston Public Media looks at why many art museums lack diversity. She also pays a visit to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, which is participating in the Mellon Undergraduate Curatorial Fellowship Program.

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  • Amy Bishop, arts and culture reporter for Houston Public Media. She tweets @AmyBishopInTune.
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