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Leading by Example: How Crystal Bridges is Taking on Diversity

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is closed today, Monday, January 30 due to inclement weather. Any programs, tours, lectures or classes will not be held. If you are a ticket holder for a tour or an event today, we’ll contact you about rescheduling.

 

One of the initiatives Crystal Bridges has already put into place is a pilot for a paid internship program for minority high school students, funded through the Walton Family Foundation. The program aims to introduce promising students to the many career opportunities available in the museum field, in order to begin to grow a diverse museum workforce—at every level—for the future.  The internships are available to rising seniors of racially diverse backgrounds, including (but not limited to) African American, Hispanic/Latino, or Native American from Phillips County, Arkansas. These are very bright and capable students, and once they have completed their college education, may be among the chefs, curators, board members, educators, patrons, and directors of Crystal Bridges in the next decade.  More about that in the weeks ahead.

 

This post was excerpted from a longer feature in C magazine, the publication for Crystal Bridges members, Volume 5, No. 3