IMLS Proclaiming Colorado's Black History

Proclaiming Colorado’s Black History

SEPTEMBER, 2023

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.

College students… Come work with us!

Please apply for the Student Research Assistant Positions, open now! 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’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.

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 beverly@museumofboulder.org.

Project Team:

  • 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.

Advisory Council:

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

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s libraries and museums. We advance, support, and empower America‚Äôs museums, libraries, and related organizations through grantmaking, research, and policy development. Our vision is a nation where museums and libraries work together to transform the lives of individuals and communities. To learn more, visit www.imls.gov and follow on Facebook and Twitter.