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Centering Indigenous Practices in Museums
Centering Indigenous Practices in Museums

Centering Indigenous Practices in Museums

Two-day conference of Native and Indigenous museum professionals and artists, including options to attend Welcome Networking Dinner at Tunica-Biloxi Tribal Office, and Closing Reception and Dinner at the Block Museum ...READ MORE BELOW...

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Time & Location

Sep 27, 2023, 5:00 PM CDT – Sep 29, 2023, 9:00 PM CDT

Chicago, 1400 S DuSable Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60605, USA

About the event


This conference will bring together knowledge sharers including Indigenous and non-Indigenous curators, artists, scholars, and community members who have contributed to transforming museum practice using Indigenous-informed methodologies. The conference will focus on themes of collaboration and reciprocity, challenges in artistic practice, and confronting colonial legacies. Although these issues are consistently raised in the academic literature,they often remain at a theoretical level. At this conference, we aim to ground discussions in specific approaches and experiences that can illuminate pathways for ongoing work. 

The conference will include 3 plenaries and 3 workshop sessions:


  1. Artists
  2. Emerging Museum Professionals
  3. Senior Curators and Directors

Workshops (We will offer 3 workshops based on participant preferences.)

Potential Topics:

  • Sharing struggles around sustaining decolonizing and indigenizing efforts
  • Innovations in Collections care guided by Indigenous ethics
  • Explore Native Truths Exhibition Development
  • Tribal Museums’ Challenges and future directions
  • Strategies for reaching donors
  • Framing curatorial work differently within the context of sovereignty and health to create a stronger pipeline for young professionals


  • Thursday, Sept 28, 8:30am-5pm
  • Friday, Sept 29, 8:30am-5pm

All conference sessions will be held at the Field Museum (1400 DuSable Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL).


In addition to the two-day conference which will include plenaries and workshops, we are excited to offer the option of attending two additional events:

Join us for a special networking event hosted by our friends at the Tunica-Biloxi tribal office (Chicago Branch) of Louisiana, where you can come meet your hosts, fellow attendees and presenters in an informal setting and enjoy an wonderful Indigenous meal catered by Foxway Catering, a beloved local Indigenous-owned catering company. Feel free to bring any family traveling with you. RSVP is requested at the time of your registration.

- LOCATION: 600 W Cermak 2B, Chicago, IL 60616

View the Block Museum's exhibition Rosalie Favell: Indigenous Artists Facing the Camera and enjoy a closing reception and dinner for the Centering Indigenous Practices in Museums conference. RSVP is requested at the time of your registration. A shuttle bus will be provided from the Field Museum to the Block Museum and back to the hotel after the reception.

- LOCATION: Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, 40 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston, IL 60208


Hotel accommodations will be provided and arranged for participants traveling from out of town by the CIPiM planning committee. Further information will be provided upon registration, but for your planning purposes, CIPiM conference guests will be staying at the:

Hampton Inn/Hiltons at McCormick Place

123 East Cermak

Chicago, IL 60616 


 Parking will also be provided for those who request it when registering. Please be sure to complete the registration form to the best of your ability.

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