Taking a Stand
Now more than ever, audiences are insisting that cultural institutions participate in the difficultconversations, make their intentions clear and support their communities. The Newark Museum of Art listened and is acting.
Join us this fall as we present The Moral Pandemic: A Racial and Gender Equity Summit. Over three evenings, we will bring you an exceptional group of moderators and panelists, addressing some of our country’s most critical issues.
Schedule: Each evening begins at 7pm on Zoom and concludes at 8:15pm. Tickets are free but you need to register for each evening.
October 26 Public Health as a Race Issue
October 27 The Urban Environment and its Impact on Black and Brown Communities
October 28 White Supremacy vs White Privilege: How do they Intersect?
Public Health as a Race Issue
It is a well-established fact that Blacks and other minority groups in the U.S. experience far greater healthcare disparities than the white population. Ranging from the tragedy of higher rates of illness and premature deaths to simple basics like access to accurate information, a myriad of factors contributes to these inequalities. As the COVID-19 pandemic has raged across our country and apprehension about the vaccine is high among certain populations, the situation is more dire than ever.
This panel will explore the layers of complexity behind both the implicit and overt racism that is blocking access to the basic right of decent healthcare. Speakers will examine the long-standing socioeconomic factors that underpin the discrepancies around every aspect of our health system and discuss how this public reckoning can be the impetus for positive change.
The Urban Environment and its Impact on Black and Brown Communities
U.S. cities were not created equally. And that imbalance has grown more pervasive with each new decade. Racial segregation, unfair lending practices for potential homeowners, food deserts in poorer neighborhoods, environmental pollution, and lack of investment in many urban areas have intensified over time.
Join us for an evening of thoughtful conversation from several experts coming at this subject from very different perspectives. They will share their views on the most critical issues plaguing our cities and the impact on minority residents. These same panelists will also offer innovative ideas around planning for improved urban centers.
White Supremacy vs. White Privilege: How Do They Intersect?
Throughout most of history, race has been a way to categorize and separate people. The constructs of both white supremacy and white privilege create artificial rankings, are inexorably tied together, and yet their connection is not often explored.
White supremacy describes a belief that white people are superior and should dominate. Historically, it was associated with violent organizations and individuals; it has now taken on a more expansive meaning, and many would argue it should. White privilege is more than simply having power and resources – anyone who can go about a typical day without incident has experienced privilege.
This panel will discuss how the intersection stems from a social system where a sense of privilege is partially rooted in an artificial sense of superiority.
The responsibilities of museums are changing. And The Newark Museum of Art is committed to being part of this dynamic transformation. By emphasizing progressive thought leadership, becoming a deeper partner to our community, and using our privilege to raise up diverse voices we will redefine what a museum should look like in the future.
“The Newark Museum of Art thanks the New Jersey Council for the Humanities for its organizational support, and its longstanding partnership to promote public engagement with the humanities through programs such as The Moral Pandemic”