Opening Keynote Speaker Chloe Hayward (she/her) is an educator, artist and art therapist residing on the unceded land of the Lenape, otherwise known as Brooklyn, New York. She believes in the power of art to transform systems, selves and structures. Her latest written work Museums as Therapeutic Space: Centralizing the Voices of People of Color, is part of a larger anthology Museum Based Art Therapy: A Collaborative Effort with Access, Education, and Public Programs. Chloe has worked in museums for over two decades, and regularly serves as a consultant for art institutions and cultural organizations. Chloe also serves on the Board of Directors for Artistic Noise, an organization which provides self-expression through art for system impacted youth.
As Associate Director of Education at The Studio Museum in Harlem, she co-creates with her department to provide a robust focus on the intersection between art, education and mental health, overseeing programs and projects rooted in community care and abolition. Her work uses the power of the creative arts process to bring awareness and promote social change, equity, and inclusion.
Closing Keynote Speaker W. Richard West Jr. is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of the Autry Museum of the American West. West has devoted his professional life and much of his personal life to working in the national and international museum communities, and with American Indians on cultural, educational, legal, and governmental issues. West is also the Founding Director and Director Emeritus of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian, where he served as Director from 1990-2007.
He served as chair of the board for the American Alliance of Museums, the nation’s only national membership organization representing all types of museums and museum professionals, from 1998-2000. From 1992-1995 and 1997-1998, he served as member-at-large of the Alliance’s board of directors and in 1995-1996 as vice chair of the board of directors. West also was a member-at-large (2004-2007) and Vice President (2007-2010) of the International Council of Museums.
West is a citizen of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes. He also is a member of the Southern Cheyenne Society of Peace Chiefs.