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Diversity and Philanthropy at African American Museums

Black Renaissance, 1st Edition

By Patricia A. Banks


248 pages | 23 B/W Illus.

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Diversity and Philanthropyat African AmericanMuseumsis the first scholarly book to analyse contemporary African American museums from a multifaceted perspective. Whilst it puts a spotlight on the issues and challenges related to racial politics that black museums collectively face in the twenty-first century, it also shines a light on how they intersect with corporate culture, youth culture, and the broader art world. By turning the lens to the contemporary era, Banks throws light on the increasingly establishment side of African American museums and demonstrates how this contrasts with their grassroots foundations.

Drawing on over 80 in-depth interviews with trustees and other supporters of African American museums across the United States, this book offers an inside look at the world of cultural philanthropy. While patrons are bound together by being among the distinct group of cultural philanthropists who support black museums, the motivations and meanings underlying their giving depart in both subtle and considerable ways depending on race and ethnicity, profession, generation, and lifestyle. Revealing not only why black museums matter in the eyes of supporters, the book also complicates the conventional view that social class drives giving to cultural non-profits. It also paints a vivid portrait of how diversity colours cultural philanthropy, and philanthropy more broadly, in the twenty-first century.

Philanthropy and Diversity at African AmericanMuseumswill be a valuable resource for scholars and practitioners engaged with African American heritage. It will also offer important insights for academics, as well as cultural administrators, non-profit leaders and fundraisers who are concerned with philanthropy and diversity.

Table of Contents

1. Diverse Patrons, Diverse Values

2. African American/All-American

3. Doing Well by Doing Good

4. The Connoisseur’s Eye

5. A New Generation

6. Rethinking Cultural Patronage in a Diverse Age

Appendix 1: African American Museums: Basic Characteristics

Appendix 2: Methods

About the Author

Patricia A. Banks is a sociologist of culture, with a focus on art patronage and the African Diaspora. At Mount Holyoke College she is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and a faculty member in the Program in Africana Studies and the Program in Entrepreneurship, Organizations, and Society.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Museum Studies

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART / Museum Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Archaeology
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Philanthropy & Charity
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Black Studies (Global)