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Anti-Racist Curatorial Practice Certificate



The graduate certificate in Anti-Racist Curatorial Practice is designed to help art museum professionals develop an anti-discriminatory work ethic, which will sustain and support communities of people who are consistently harmed by systems of oppression both inside and outside the art museum. The certificate may be completed through part-time or full-time enrollment and is offered completely online.


The curriculum provides students with foundational knowledge and practical applications in anti-racist curatorial practice with a core focus on:

  • Art Museum History: Understanding how western art museums developed as cultural repositories of colonialism and how the art market developed as an economic extension of empire and western imperialism.

  • Counter-Hegemonic Approaches: Learning how to identify traditional museum practices that are rooted in racist principles for points of potential rupture and transgression of institutional “norms.”

  • Ethics and Equity: Approaching collection and exhibition development, and overall museum programming with a critical lens that fully and tangibly engages target audiences.

  • Connection to Practice: Experience practical and real-world applications through analyses of case studies and a practicum course that allows students to learn from experienced anti-racist curatorial practitioners.

  • Community Impact: Engaging communities through curatorial approaches that position collective care within frameworks of social and racial equity.


Course Names:

FAH 0285: Museums Today: Mission & Function (3 credits)

FAH 0283: Art, Whiteness, and Empire: The Art Museum as an Imperialist Repository (3 credits)

FAH 0281: Curating as Community Organizing (3 credits)

FAH 0284: Curatorial Approaches to Collections Management (3 credits)

DLS 0248: Organizational Change, Leadership & Influence (3 credits)

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