THE CITY TALKS: SHARING BLACK HISTORIES Wednesday, June 19, 2019
7-8pm | Remis Auditorium
Join us tonight for a discussion with Boston-area thinkers, institutions, entrepreneurs, activists, city officials, and artists. I am honored to moderate this important conversation surrounding a central question: How should cultural institutions acknowledge Black histories?
If you cannot make it to museum tonight, our panel will be recorded and live-streamed by WGBH.
Makeeba McCreary, Patti & Jonathan Kraft Chief of Learning & Community Engagement, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (She/Her/Hers)
Makeeba McCreary assumed her role as the Patti and Jonathan Kraft Chief of Learning and Community Engagement at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), in January 2019. This newly created Leadership Team position centers on integrating diverse perspectives into the MFA’s programs and educational offerings to foster a better understanding of current issues through the lens of art. McCreary manages staff across four departments: Education; Volunteer and Community Engagement; Lectures, Courses and Concerts; and Film. Under her guidance, these teams oversee a wide range of programs, from community celebrations and film screenings to MFA Late Nites and City Talks with local thought leaders, with the goal of sparking visitors’ curiosity and creating meaningful personal experiences through the Museum’s collection. Prior to joining the MFA, McCreary served as the Managing Director and Senior Advisor of External Affairs for Boston Public Schools, reporting directly to the Mayor and Superintendent of Schools. A native Bostonian, McCreary received her doctorate in education from the Teachers College at Columbia University, a master’s degree in education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Boston.
Destiny Polk, Founder, Radical Black Girl (She/Her/They/Divine) | Instagram: @Radicalblackgirl; Facebook: Radical Black Girl; Website: Radicalblackgirl.com
Warrior and Healer. Tender and unbreakable. Destiny “Divine” Polk, whose name means “That which has been firmly established, God has answered, Dance”, is a an afro-indigenous, choreographer and producer, multi-disciplinary artist, community organizer/space holder, art-educator and founder of art-activist platform Radical Black Girl. Destiny’s work is concerned about speaking truth to a country that attempts to rewrite its own history while having actively tried to suppress African and Native American history and culture. Des advocates for the radical awakening of the authentic self to become audacious, unapologetic and empowered. She intentionally creates spaces to support artists of color, low-income communities of color, womxn of color and young self identifying black girls.
Jason Talbot, Co-Founder, Artists for Humanity (He/Him/His) | Instagram: @afhboston; Twitter: @afhboston
A Co-Founder and AFH alumnus, Jason leads special projects at AFH. He brings technical skills acquired through Adobe’s Youth Voices Training program and undergraduate study at the Art Institute of Boston with work experience gleaned as a graphic designer for Turner Broadcasting and Going Interactive. He participated in the 2009 Cohort of the Emerging Leaders Program, University of Massachusetts Boston; received the 2013 Mentor of the Year Award from Youth Design; and named a member of 2014’s Top 40 Under 40 by the Boston Business Journal. He is a former member of WGBH’s Community Advisory Board and current member of WGBH’s Board of Overseers.