The job posting at the Indianapolis Museum emphasized the “white art audience”.

The job posting at the Indianapolis Museum emphasized the

  • In a job advertisement from an Indianapolis art museum, applicants were called to entertain a “traditional core white art audience”.
  • The job description was published on the website of the recruitment company mOppenheim.
  • The language appeared to have been changed on Saturday to strike the word white after it was pointed out in a tweet.
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The Indianapolis Museum of Art in Newfields on Saturday apologized for a job advertisement asking applicants to attract “a wider and more diverse audience” while maintaining the “traditional core white art audience”.

The job posting was reviewed on Twitter Friday after Sarah Bahr, a culture reporter for the New York Times, tweeted a screenshot. The original publication was on the website of mOppenheim, a recruitment company that appeared to be working on behalf of the museum to fill the position.

The posting sought candidates for the Museum Director position who “could maximize unique programmatic opportunities and work closely with the Board of Trustees, Education and Public Programs departments to animate the permanent collection galleries in innovative ways that attract a wider and more diverse audience, and at the same time those of the museum. ” traditional, central, white art audience. ”

Bahr’s tweet sparked outrage over the job description, and hundreds of responses on Twitter sparked the racist language.

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Museum CEO Charles Venable apologized for the language in an interview with the New York Times on Saturday, saying the publication had been updated.

Venable said the wording was a deliberate, if ham-handed, way of recognizing the lack of diversity within the museum’s audience.

“I deeply regret that the choice of language clearly did not help reflect our overall intention to build our core art audience by welcoming more people into the door,” he told the Times. “We tried to be transparent about the fact that everyone who is going to apply for this job really has to get involved [Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion] Efforts in all parts of the museum. “

– Sarah Bahr (@ smbahr14), February 13, 2021

On Saturday, the museum updated the job description to remove the word “white” entirely and instead asked a potential director to maintain its “core art audience of traditional supporters and a broader, more diverse local and regional population of potential visitors”. “”

Representatives of the museum and of mOppenheim did not immediately respond to insiders’ request for comments on Saturday.

The job description came less than a year after a museum employee resigned, claiming the museum had a toxic and discriminatory culture.

In July 2020, the IndyStar reported that Kelli Morgan, the museum’s associate curator of American art, had resigned because there was a culture of discrimination at the museum, both in the treatment of employees and the treatment of works of art that were not -White were created by artists.

Morgan was enlisted by the museum in 2017 to help promote more culturally diverse galleries within the museum, according to the report.

“I also wish an institution like Newfields could move faster, especially on matters as important as this, but I’ve rarely seen this in my 30+ year career,” Venable told IndyStar in a statement last year.