The Museum of Boulder, in partnership with the Boulder County NAACP Chapter and the Boulder Public Library, will develop activities to highlight the history of Black people in Colorado with our newly awarded IMLS: Museums for America grant.
Over the next three years, the museum will employ a community-centered process and develop an exhibit and educational curricula to address the underrepresentation of Black histories in Colorado.
The program will collect original oral histories and research, consolidate research data and make it publicly available, and host a series of programs about race.
This project will give Coloradans a more inclusive understanding of the state’s history by illuminating the stories of Black Coloradans, help the local community examine attitudes about and acknowledge the experience of Black people in Colorado, and ultimately serve as a launching pad for community dialogue and a basis for community action.
We’re seeking volunteers!
We will be inviting volunteers to contribute farther down the road. If you would like to be contacted about volunteering please add your name below.
Have an idea for the exhibit?
Do you have an amazing person or subject that should be included in the forthcoming “Proclaiming Colorado’s Black History” exhibit? Tell us more about it by filling out the form below.
College students… Come work with us!
Please apply for the Student Research Assistant Positions. The current students have been selected, and the positions will reopen in the spring. The Museum of Boulder has funding to support undergraduate and graduate students for part-time work to research and collect material and oral histories for this exhibit. Students from across the state should apply and can work remotely.
We’d love your support!
The Museum is responsible for a monetary match of this grant. If you would like to support these important efforts, please contact our Community Outreach Liaison at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In October of 2021, Boulder teen, Mackenzie, attended the Announcement Breakfast at the Museum of Boulder. The grandparents of Mackenzie annually challenge their grandchildren to contribute to a nonprofit of their choice. Mackenzie was so moved by the upcoming efforts of this project, she chose to donate and her grandparents matched her donation. This is the Museum’s first model of Generational Giving. Multi-generational philanthropy is an opportunity for families with funds, foundations, or other family enterprises to connect, give and serve together more effectively.
"I love the Museum of Boulder. My family and I have been members for a few years. Recently, I learned about their new project to tell the story of Black Coloradans. I was surprised to learn their stories have not been told and wanted to personally support this project. It feels important to bring to light the people who have been forgotten and marginalized. Telling their stories feels like an important first step in healing some of the wrongs of the past. I hope you feel inspired to support this project as well. Love Mackenzie"
Check out some of the research:
- Adrian Miller: Co-Project Director and Lead Curator
- Minister Glenda Robinson (representing NAACP Boulder County and supported by Annett James): Lead advisor and support for community outreach
- Katrina Miller of Blackat Video Productions: Audiovisual media producer
- Cyns Nelson with the Maria Rogers Oral History Program from the Boulder Public Library’s Carnegie Library for Local History: Oral history collection and dissemination
- Laureen Trainer of Trainer Evaluation: Evaluator. Evaluation will be a collaborative generation process co-designed with the community and will inform iterations on content and concepts, as well as assessing outcomes.
- The Black & The Red Consulting Group (Rick Chavolla, Marissiko Wheaton, Merete Fields): Institutional transformation consulting for a commitment to racial justice and equity for internal Museum staff/Board work.
– Wendell Pryor – Executive Director, Chaffee County Economic Development Council
– Yvette Bowden – Boulder Assistant City Manager and Director of Community Vitality for the City of Boulder.
– Tatiana Hernandez – CEO, Community Foundation Boulder County
– Wanda James – Political activist, entrepreneur, and CEO
– Nikhil Mankekar – Two-Time Chair, City of Boulder Human Relations Commission
– Adam Bradley – Founding director of the Laboratory for Race and Popular Culture (the RAP Lab) at UCLA. Former Board of Directors member for the Museum
– Kathryn Hill – Executive Director, Museum of the New South in Charlotte, North Carolina
– Ari Gerzon-Kessler – Director of Equity And Partnerships, Boulder Valley School District
Lee Bishop (they/them) is an Educator at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science where they lead guests of all ages in learning through hands-on exploration. They also attend the University of Colorado Denver where they are earning their Master’s degree in Public History and Museum Studies.
Hi I’m Emily Miner (she/her) I graduated from Colorado College in May 2021 with a degree in Museum Studies and a History minor. I moved to Denver to decompress from school but here I am working on a research project!
Raksha Shrestha: As an Anthropology major who grew up in Colorado, I have always been fascinated with the history that this state has to offer. Being part of this research team has given me the opportunity to learn more about the state I grew up in.
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The Museum of Boulder is grateful for the corporate sponsorship of BAIRD – In alignment with the Proclaiming Colorado’s Black History project’s effort, is the Baird Way: “to improve lives and futures for our clients, for each other and in the communities we share”. For more than a century, BAIRD has followed the principles of integrity, transparency, teamwork and keeping clients first. Together these ideals form the foundation of Baird’s unique culture and approach to doing business — what they call, The Baird Way.