Findings from Two High-profile Studies Are Pushing the Museum Sector to Act on Ethnic Diversity—but Not Everyone Agrees on What to Do.

"Two recent studies paint a stark picture of the lack of ethnic and racial diversity among top museum staff in the US," writes Hilarie Sheets in The Art Newspaper. "While people of colour represent 38% of the country’s population, they make up only 9% of museum boards and 16% of the administrators, curators, conservators and educators who make decisions about what is exhibited and preserved as culturally important. These hard numbers show just how little the offices and boardrooms of US cultural institutions reflect rapidly shifting demographics. Now, those institutions must decide what to do about it."


Hilarie Sheets, "Pressure Mounts for US Museums to Increase Diversity at the Top," The Art Newspaper, August 3, 2016,

"Art News Daily: Studies Paint Disappointing Picture for Diversity at US Museums," Apollo, August 3, 2016,

Mike Scutari, “What's the Best Way to Boost Diversity in the Museum Ranks?,” Inside Philanthropy, September 19, 2016,