Rosie Lee Tompkins
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Photo Credit: Ben Blackwell

In this edition of the APN Wire:

Well, we made it to July…I still can’t believe it has been four months of quarantine.  The world is changing rapidly in many ways and in some, it is still glacially slow.  In our world, we need to make sure we keep the momentum of the ongoing social justice movement and really focus on how to shift the current state of museums.  In this week’s podcast, I talk about where I think we can start making the change and finding new perspectives.  I hope my thoughts can help you build a plan for your teams.  Together, we can evolve to a more inclusive and open perspective.

This is a time of listening and responding to feedback.  I encourage you to check out the Art Service Workers Safety Coalition and sign up.  The forum is a fantastic place to share your experiences and see how other art pros are coping with COVID.  Also, check out our articles about good and bad feedback and how it is affecting our industry.  I have included a fantastic article about an exhibition you can find online and hopefully in person again this fall at BAMPFA.  Rosie Lee Tompkins was a massive effort on the part of our staff and a triumph for our Preparations and Registration team at the museum.  It is a well-deserved recognition for a talented group of people

Finally, if your building a plan and need to check out how others are handling it, take a look at our resource section down below.  There you will find links to documents that have been published for the reopening and care of museums and collections.  These links can help you see other California museum plans and COVID Guidance from the state.  

It’s time to start making decisions about moving forward.  We need to take this year’s hard reset as an opportunity to change the way things have “always been done” and look at what they can be.  This is an unprecedented chance to make a big change. 

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