Published on December 31st, 2015 | by Editorial Staff


Commitment to change from the Tacoma Art Museum in response to the Die In at TAM

On December 30, 2015, members of the Tacoma Action Collective met with representatives from the Tacoma Art Museum’s staff and board. Here’s what happened:

Today we had the opportunity to sit down with staff and Board President of the Tacoma Art Museum, as a response to our Die In at TAM. It was a productive meeting.

We discussed the importance of our action, and the impact it has had within our communities. Not only has it shaped the discussion around the HIV/AIDS epidemic, but also the responsibility museums have to be inclusive.

The curator said that he feels like he failed us with the exhibit, and if he could go back and do it differently, he would. Reality is that he cannot go back. But, the museum is committed to making changes going forward.

die in at tam 2Below are three of their commitments:

  • The Tacoma Art Museum has committed to working with the other venues that will be showing Art AIDS America, to include more Black artists. Tacoma Art Museum is also dedicated to continuing the discussion of the HIV/AIDS epidemic beyond when Art AIDS America closes on January 10, 2016.

  • The Tacoma Art Museum has committed to investing money and time in staff-wide diversity trainings, such as Undoing Institutionalized Racism.

  • The Tacoma Art Museum has committed to ongoing dialogues and actions to include Black people at every level. (Membership, community events, volunteers, staff, and the Board of Trustees).

We are committed to holding the Tacoma Art Museum accountable for their commitments and to engaging with them as a resource.

We want to remind everyone that our campaign is about more than one exhibition, more than one museum, and more than one city. Our action was about making sure that Black voices cease to be ignored in an effort to make systemic changes.

We are very grateful to the time and effort that the Tacoma Art Museum has dedicated to our community, and we are proud that they are setting an example for museums nationwide.

In solidarity,
Tacoma Action Collective

For more information about the Die In At TAM, see our press folder.

As the Tacoma Action Collective states, this is about more than one exhibition, one museum, one city. And this story continues to evolve. As Tacoma Art Museum moves forward and begins to act on their commitments, we will continue to check in with TAC to see how it goes. 

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