In this discussion, museum professional Stephanie Johnson-Cunningham will shed light on her work through Museum Hue and share the ways that culturally specific museums are boldly responding to the needs of their community and addressing current issues through their narratives, programs, exhibitions and services. She will share the critical ways museums help shape, define and preserve today for the future.
Stephanie Johnson-Cunningham works to paint a larger portrait of the museum sector and challenge racial inequities in the field. Her advocacy aligns with Museum Hue, an organization she co-founded and serves as Creative Director, supporting Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color. As a United Nations Human Rights fellow, Stephanie applies the UN’s ratification of cultural rights to her work and calls for greater recognition and representation in the arts industry. She also received the Americans for the Arts 2019 American Express Emerging Leader Award for her work. As the United States reckons with a legacy of structural racism, oppression, and discriminatory policies and practices; Stephanie centers cultural equity as an essential part of achieving social justice. Stephanie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Art and Art History from Brooklyn College and a Masters degree in Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies (CHAPS) from Rutgers University.