Summit 2019

May 6, 8:30 a.m.
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art

Building the Great Belonging


This year’s Museums10 Summit builds on the themes of diversity and inclusion of our recent summits. Swarupa Anila, the director of interpretive engagement at the Detroit Institute of Arts, will present a keynote address entitled “Building the Great Belonging.”

So much of the rhetoric around diversity and inclusion efforts in our cultural institutions starts with how to become more welcoming. Anila’s talk will reflect on what it means to shift the rhetoric from welcoming to belonging. Changing the people—those we reach, those we seek to serve—requires changing our practices, processes, our walls, our people. Using case studies from the Detroit Institute of Arts, Anila will focus on exhibition development and responsible, responsive, reflexive interpretive practices as part of a larger effort to become a community-inclusive museum.

The keynote will be followed by a breakout session in which attendees are given the opportunity to discuss their own institutional and personal experiences with exclusion and inclusion. Anila will reconvene everyone to discuss insights and observations. The Summit will conclude with a complimentary lunch.

All summit events, including lunch, are free and open to the public to those who register.

Swarupa new crop.jpgSwarupa Anila is director of interpretive engagement at the Detroit Institute of Arts, responsible for strategic museum-wide planning and execution of visitor-centered interpretation for exhibitions and permanent collections. With nearly two decades of museum experience, she has led the development of award-winning interpretation and exhibitions and has produced publications on innovative and critically progressive practices for visitor-centeredness and community engagement. Anila serves on the editorial advisory board for Exhibition, the journal for the National Association for Museum Exhibition (NAME) and is a founding board member of the Association for Art Museum Interpretation (AAMI).

Summit schedule

Reception: 8:30–9:00 a.m.
Keynote: 9:00–10:00 a.m.
Breakout sessions: 10:15–11:15 a.m.
Reconvene: 11:15–12:00 p.m.
Lunch (eat-in or take-out): 12:00–1:00 p.m.


All events at the summit are free and open to the public. To attend, register here.