Decentering Whiteness and Undoing Racism in Art Museum Education

  • Marit Dewhurst
  • Keonna Hendrick


While many museums promote their progressive and supposedly inclusive practices, White supremacy still dominates how museum educators interact with artworks, audiences, and colleagues. Given their responsibility to connect visitors to works of art, museum educators can play a pivotal role in dismantling the systems of oppression and racism that operate within art education. To do so requires a deeper understanding of the subtle and overt ways in which racist values pervade the field and how museum education can work toward anti-racist pedagogy. This chapter draws on Critical Race Theory to analyze common experiences of racism in museum education while offering suggestions for dismantling White supremacist thinking to move the field toward truly just and equitable work.


Racism Museum education Whiteness Professional development Art museum Microaggression 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marit Dewhurst
    • 1
  • Keonna Hendrick
    • 2
  1. 1.City College of New YorkNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Brooklyn MuseumBrooklynUSA

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