Search form

On White Privilege and Museums

This article from Nina Simon, author of The Participatory Museum and The Art of Relevance, takes a perceptive look at the need to understand and counterbalance many forms of privilege when engaging with community.

Simon's reflections on the challenges of changing the frame of privilege surrounding museums are particularly relevant to the practice of community engagement. In both museums and arts organizations, community engagement and inclusivity are often contained within a few one-off programs, rather than embedded in the foundational values of the organization:

"... increased efforts at inclusion have been treated primarily as add-ons and not as necessary changes to the heart of white institutions. Now, when asked about diversity, most white institutions can point to a particular program or initiatives and say, "we've got that covered."... They've added colorful patches to their garments when the whole cloth needs to change."

Read more



Community Engagement Resources from Doug Borwick

Doug Borwick is a US-based artist, arts administrator, and leading advocate for community engagement in the arts.

Nurturing Local Culture: Stories from Creative People and Places

The following is a summary of key learnings and resources from a virtual con

Turning Engagement Patterns Upside Down


Power Up

"This think-piece by Chrissie Tiller unearths and explores some of the complexities and challenges of sharing power, drawing on thinking


Ronnie Brown - Oakville Centre


Case Study: The Ontario Shebang


The Ontario Shebang

Do You Have a Story to Share?

We want to hear from you.

Submit your story about a successful community engagement project to the growing resource we are creating together.


Stay in the loop

We'll keep you updated as new things are added to Arts Engage.

Subscribe to Newsletter