IDEA Resources

To help NV museums better grapple with issues of inclusivity, diversity, equity, and accessibility, the NMA has formed an IDEA Committee. (Contact us if you’d like to be involved!)

To help you get started, we direct you to the following resources:

Davies, M. (2012). “The activist museum”, Museums Association website. 

Sandell, R. (2007). Museums, prejudice, and the reframing of difference. Routledge.

Gretchen Jennings’ work on the Museum Commons website, particularly

Wendy Ng, Syrus Marcus Ware & Alyssa Greenberg (2017), “Activating
Diversity and Inclusion: A Blueprint for Museum Educators as Allies and Change Makers”, Journal of Museum Education, 42:2, 142-154, DOI: 10.1080/10598650.2017.1306664
To link to this article:

Schellenbacher, J. Carvill (n.d.), “Empowering Change Towards a Definition of the Activist Museum”, Museum-ID. Available at:

Okun, T (n.d), White Supremacy Culture. Available at:

Museum Association (2020), Valuing Diversity. Available at:

Katz, B. (2017) This Video Breaks Down the ABCs of Intersectionality. Available at:

Howarth, F (2018) Decolonizing the Museum Mind. Available at:

Cunningham, S. (2020) Culturally Responsive Museums Are Leading the Way. Available at:

1619 (podcast):

These books have been recommended by the NV Library Coop and are available to partner branches through Polaris or as e-book download using the OverDrive software. They can also be found in local libraries and bookstores.

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates (OverDrive and Polaris)
So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo (OverDrive and Polaris)
How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi (OverDrive and Polaris)
White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo (OverDrive and Polaris)
Pushing the Margins: Women of Color and Intersectionality in LIS by Rose L. Chou (Editor) (Polaris)
How to Be Less Stupid About Race: On Racism, White Supremacy, and the Racial Divide by Crystal Marie Fleming (OverDrive and Polaris)
Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi (OverDrive and Polaris)
Stamped: Racism, Antiracism and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi (OverDrive and Polaris)
America’s Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America by Jim Wallis (Overdrive)
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander (OverDrive and Polaris) 

Know something good that we missed? Contact us and let us know!

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