43. Blake Bradford Aims To Increase Number of Black Museum Professionals with Lincoln University Program

In episode 36 of this podcast, Bill Bradberry, Chair of the Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Area Commission, described encountering the glaring lack of cultural diversity within and around the museum industry, particularly in leadership. He cited the new Museum Studies program at Lincoln University as an example of a program that addresses the problem directly.
Blake Bradford is the director of that Museum Studies Program, a partnership between Lincoln University and the Barnes Foundation. In this episode, Bradford describes ways to change museum institutions that already consider themselves successful. He also talks about museums as public-facing institutions, inviting his students to think critically about how truth is established through museums, and what surprises him about his students. Club Archipelago 🏖️ If you like episodes like this one, you’ll love Club Archipelago. Join Club Archipelago today to help me continue making podcasts about museums (and get some fun benefits)! Topics Discussed: 00:00: Intro 00:15: Blake Bradford 00:53: Museums Accountable to The Public 01:49: Convincing Museums to Do The Right Thing 02:24: Museum Studies Program at Lincoln University 03:20: “Safe” Diversity is Not Diversity 04:30: Critical Analysis Curriculum 07:10: Taking The Magic Out of Exhibit Production 08:36: Post-Museum Students 11:01: Outro

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