Curating Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion in Contemporary Art

November 21-23, 2024

Hosted by Organization for the Democratization of the Visual Arts (ODBK)

Empowering Artists Minorities ( EMAMI 2024 )

85% of artists in major US museums are white and 87% are male

 for three days The event brings together artists, academics, art critics, sociologists, art collectors, activists, and many more to share impactful ideas that resolve challenges and capitalize on the benefits of global solidarity in curating EDI in the contemporary art world. The conference will result in the formulation of EDI best practices for the selection and collection of artists and artworks in museums and contemporary art galleries worldwide.

Call for Participants

 Be present at the event and support the cause.

Call for Papers

Share your ideas, proposals, and research

Deadline: September 15, 2024.

Make a Donation

Help us reach our goal of 15K Euros to create a comprehensive protocol for EDI in the art world.

Be a Part of History

Join us for a groundbreaking virtual conference dedicated to reshaping the contemporary art world. Together, we’ll explore innovative strategies to promote Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) at a global institutional level. From transformative lectures to interactive workshops, this event will unite artists, academics, activists, and thought leaders in a collective effort to drive real change.

Why it Matters

Did you know that 85% of artists in major US museums are white, and 87% are male? It’s time to challenge the status quo and champion a more equal, diverse, and inclusive art world. Through EMAMI, we aim to provide a platform for under-represented communities, empowering their voices and influencing policies on a global scale.

Key Discussion Topics

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Identifying the Need for Change
  • Addressing current issues and resistance within contemporary art institutions.
  • Unpacking historical contexts such as paternalism and colonialism.
Creating Equality Metrics
  • Parameters for evaluating institutional equality and diversity.
  • Artist and museum/art space characteristics: race, gender, age, space, budget, accessibility, and artist remuneration.
Decision-Making Processes
  • Evaluating intentional decision-making.
  • Uncovering the role of open calls and curatorial processes.
Strategies for Long-Term Impact
  • Techniques to ensure diversity and equality in the short (1 year), medium (5 years), and long run (10 years).
  • Leveraging the internet and online tools for inclusivity.
Certification of Equality and Diversity
  • Defining the certification process, involved stakeholders, and types of certification.
  • Identifying benefits and potential obstacles.