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Conversations@Moore: Who is We? Intersecting Engagement and Equity Efforts at Philadelphia’s Arts Institutions

Conversations@Moore: Who is We? Intersecting Engagement and Equity Efforts at Philadelphia’s Arts Institutions
Wednesday, December 7th '16 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Stewart Auditorium


In recent years a growing number of museums and art venues have initiated community engagement programs. Concurrently, art schools are attempting to confront both their lack of diversity and their lack of inclusion for the diversity that does exists. This event attempts to take stock of how Philadelphia’s museums and art schools are responding to these questions through staffing changes, new initiatives and resources. Drawing from Create Equity’s recent post this panel will consider the strategic and intersecting goals of Diversity, Prosperity, Redistribution, and Self-Determination.

Our Esteemed Panelists include: 
Blake Bradford, Lincoln University
Maori Holmes, ICA
Kelli Morgan, PAFA
Damon Reeves, PMA


This event is hosted by Social & Studio Practices department at Moore. For more information on Graduate Studies at Moore and our upcoming December 1 priority fellowship consideration deadline see

Note: This Event is Free and you can RSVP through the ticket link or just show up!

This event will be live streamed

About the Speakers

* Blake Bradford serves as Director, Lincoln University-Barnes Foundation Museum Studies Program and Visiting Assistant Professor. In this role, he oversees the development of a practice-based Museum Studies program for Lincoln University undergraduates. This program includes a newly approved major, internships, and an array of opportunities for Lincoln University undergraduates to engage with museum professionals. The goal of the program is to prepare Lincoln students for employment in museums and graduate education in museum-related fields. 

Prior to this, he served as The Barnes Foundation's Bernard C. Watson Director of Education. For the Barnes’s Merion and Philadelphia campuses, Mr. Bradford oversaw the longstanding programs in Visual Literacy and Horticulture. In addition, he supervised the development and implementation of educational activities that served over 20,000 participants each year. These included a suite of new family and community programs, as well as free initiatives that served pre-K-12 students and educators in the School District of Philadelphia. Mr. Bradford previously directed the education departments at Chicago’s Hyde Park Art Center and the Fabric Workshop and Museum. He has also held positions with the Blanton Museum of Art (Austin, Texas); the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the Galleries at Moore College of Art and Design; and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. He holds a B.A. in Art History from Williams College and a M.A. in Art History from The University of Texas.

* Maori Karmael Holmes is Director of Public Engagement at the ICA at University of Pennsylvania. From 2007 to 2014 she worked at the Leeway Foundation, beginning as Communications Director and later serving as Associate Director. She is founder of the BlackStar Film Festival (2012-present) and has curated programs in film and performance at ICA, Barnes Foundation, Asian Arts Initiative, Painted Bride Art Center, International House, and Swarthmore College. Other projects include KinoWatt (2011-2012, co-curated with Sara Zia Ebrahimi) and Black Lily Film & Music Festival for Women (2006-2010).

Her film and video works have screened internationally and been broadcast throughout the US, including the feature documentary Scene Not Heard: Women in Philadelphia Hip-Hop, which is currently distributed by Third World Newsreel. She has received awards from John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Leeway Foundation, Independence Media, Women’s Way, and Philadelphia Commission on Human Rights. In 2009 she was named a Creative Ambassador by Visit Philadelphia. In 2014, she was a fellow at the 60th Flaherty Film Seminar, and is currently a Ford Foundation Rockwood JustFilms Fellow.

Maori received her MFA in Film & Media Arts from Temple University, her BA in History from American University, and studied Design & Production at the graduate level at California Institute of the Arts. Previous professional positions include Painted Bride Art Center, Department of Media Studies & Production at Temple University, Netter Center at University of Pennsylvania, Sony Music, and Washington City Paper. She began her career with internships at the National Museum of American History and Dallas Austin’s Rowdy Records.

* Kelli Morgan (Originally from Detroit, MI), a scholar, curator, author, lecturer, and teacher, earned her Master of Arts degree in Afro-American Studies in 2013 and received a Bachelor of Arts in African American Studies in 2006 from Wayne State University. Morgan is due to receive a doctorate in Afro-American Studies and a graduate certificate in Public History-Museum Studies this year from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Morgan has worked in a variety of curatorial, programming, teaching, and research positions at various institutions including Wayne State, UMass-Amherst, and the Birmingham Museum of Art. She has also lectured at a variety of organizations including, Villanova University, Smith College, the Association of Art Museum Curators, and the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. She is the recipient of awards and grants from the Ford Foundation, University of Massachusetts, Wayne State University, and was recently named the first recipient of The Winston & Carolyn Lowe Curatorial Fellowship for Diversity in the Fine Arts at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

As an analyst of visual imagery, Morgan examines the ways in which people construct visual discourses, conceptualize images, and sometimes resist these discourses. Her interdisciplinary research concentrates on African American visual culture, linking Art History, Women’s Studies, African American History, and Museum Studies to analyze the complex ways that Black women artists visualize, represent, and reappropriate images of minority women to challenge mainstream visual discourses concerning beauty and sexuality. Ms. Morgan is a very diligent scholar whose career is committed to creating stimulating and culturally sensitive educational opportunities for students and public audiences alike through innovative uses of minority-produced visual culture and the museum gallery.

* Damon Reaves is the Associate Curator of Education for Community Engagement and Access at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. He has a background in visual arts and theater and in 2008 was awarded the Locks post-graduate Fellowship. He was previously the Director of Community Engagement at the Isabella Stewart Garder Museum and has also worked as a teaching artist for the City of Philadelphia’s Mural Arts Program. He received his MFA from the University of Pennsylvania in 2008.


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