This blog is the place to exchange ideas, news, issues and thoughts about diversity and multiculturalism in museums. The Multicultural Initiatives Committee is a Texas Association of Museums Affinity Group.

Thursday, 1 April 2010

Smithsonian Latino Center: 2010 Latino Museum Studies Program


Organized by the Smithsonian Latino Center (SLC), the Latino Museum Studies Program (LMSP) is dedicated to fostering the professional development of emerging leaders in the fields of Latino history, art, and culture. The four-week program includes panel sessions, lectures, workshops, and behind the scenes access to Smithsonian collections. Additionally, fellows work with Smithsonian staff on designated projects and contribute to current exhibitions, programs, and research initiatives in progress at the Institution.

Each year up to fifteen fellows are selected from a nationwide pool of applicants. Participation is free and includes accommodations for the duration of the program, as well as the cost of round-trip travel to Washington, D.C. Fellows are responsible for all other expenses during the four-weeks, including transportation within the city and meals. A stipend is not provided.

For more information visit:
or please contact Andrew Rebatta at

Deadline is April 30, 2010 (all applications must be completed online by the closing date).

Thursday, 28 January 2010

Scholarship Applications Due January 29

Reminder: The MIC scholarship applications to attend the 2010 Texas Association of Museums Annual Meeting are due January 29th.

Friday, 15 January 2010

Lecture Webcast: Towards a New Mainstream?

Check out this FREE Webinar!

"Towards a New Mainstream?"
Jan. 27 - 2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. EST

A scintillating lecture by Gregory Rodriguez exploring demographic change in the Americas, cultural transformation and the future of museums.

In addition to the video presentation of the lecture (recorded before a live audience on Dec. 9th at the Embassy of Canada in Washington, D.C.) the webcast will include an overview of the demographic trends sweeping the nation in the coming decades; a live online question and answer session with Gregory; a panel discussion; and moderated chat rooms. It's like attending a whole conference without ever leaving your office!

Registration is open to all individuals. You will be asked to log in to the AAM website, and to create a user name and password if you don't already have one. If you need assistance with registration, contact us at

A discussion guide and resource list for the lecture will be posted to this website soon.

Rodriguez is founder and executive director of Zócalo Public Square (a nonprofit lecture series and Web publication) and Irvine Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation. He has written on issues of national identity, social cohesion, assimilation, race relations, religion, immigration, ethnicity and demographics for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times, where he is an op-ed columnist. He is the author of Mongrels, Bastards, Orphans, and Vagabonds: Mexican Immigration and the Future of Race in America, which the Washington Post listed among the