May 3, 2023
Stephanie Johnson-Cunningham and Nonye Brown-West discuss funding of museums centering on People Of Color across the United States.
Stephanie Johnson-Cunningham is a museum professional with over 15 years experience in the field. She has worked at the New-York Historical Society, Brooklyn Museum, 9/11 Museum and Memorial, and African American Museum in Philadelphia. Stephanie’s advocacy aligns with Museum Hue, an organization she co-founded and serves as Director. She built the first online directory and mapping of museums centering Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color across the US. It is an invaluable resource that deepens public knowledge and understanding of art, history, and culture. Stephanie is currently working on a larger Cultural Mapping project specific to New York City with support from NYC’s Department of Cultural Affairs. As a 2018 United Nations Human Rights fellow, she applies the UN’s ratification of cultural rights to her work to call for greater recognition and representation in the arts ecosystem. Stephanie received the Americans for the Arts 2019 American Express Emerging Leader Award for her work. She recently hosted and produced On Display, a show for WNET’s ALL ARTS Network that focuses on ways museums are addressing societal issues that resulted from intersecting histories and connects to contemporary life. Each episode covers various topics from immigration to incarceration.
Nonye Brown-West is a New York-based Nigerian-American comedian and writer. She has been featured in the Boston Globe's Rise column as a Comic to Watch, as well as in NPR, PBS, ABC, Sway In The Morning, and the New York Comedy Festival. Nonye made her acting debut in The Sympathy Card, now available for streaming on Vudu, Apple, Amazon, and Google Play.
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