Because of their presence as cultural institutions that seek to provide space for civil discourse, offer historical perspectives, and lift up marginalized voices, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and The Momentary have committed to being antiracist institutions. Since reflecting on the events that happened at the U.S. Capitol at the beginning of the year and countless tragedies before that, the organizations have launched In Real Time, a series of programs created to address current issues affecting our community. Programs will include lectures, community conversations, open mics, and more, alongside developing additional educational resources and highlighting art in our collection that raises social consciousness and empowers change.
The first in the series line-up will be a virtual panel discussion from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 1. Crystal Bridges and the Momentary partnered with University of Arkansas Dept. of African and African American Studies to develop “In Real Time: A Panel Discussion on the History of Democracy, Racism, and Ideology,” which will be moderated by Dr. Caree Banton. The panelists will discuss the insurrection on Capitol Hill that took place on January 6, including the historical significance of this moment, and how we can move forward. The discussion will also focus on the history of democracy, racism, and ideology that brought us to where we are today. The featured speakers are University of Arkansas professors Dr. Najja K. Baptist, assistant professor of political science, and Scott Eidelman, associate professor in the Dept. of Psychological Science.
The first panel discussion is free but registration is required. After registering, you will receive a Zoom link via email. The panel will be recorded for future viewing. More information about the In Real Time series and how to register can be found here.