Dr. Porchia Moore, Inclusion Catalyst at the Columbia Museum of Art, started Visitors of Color with nikhil trivedi in 2015.
Visitors of Color is a Tumblr project that documents the perspectives and experiences of marginalized people in museums. It is a record of what the museum experience can be like for people who are often discussed but whose voices are rarely privileged, people that don’t feel welcome in museums, and people that don’t feel like nearby museum spaces are for them.
In this episode, Dr. Moore discusses the Museum Computer Network conference where the project launched, the museum-visiting habits of freshmen at a Historically Black College, and how Visitors of Color has been received by the wider museum community.
Special thanks to Dr. Moore for taking the time for the interview.
Guest: Dr. Porchia Moore
00:14: Dr. Porchia Moore
00:36: “A Librarian Who Studies Museums”
01:11: Survey of College Freshmen
03:43: Visitors of Color Launch
06:35: Gathering Stories for Visitors of Color
07:30: Visitors of Color as a Counternarrative Project
08:45: The Power of Museums as Cultural Heritage Institutions
09:45: Response from Institutions Across the Country