Opening Keynote Speaker: Stephanie Johnson-Cunningham
Stephanie Johnson-Cunningham is the Co Founder and Executive Director of Museum Hue, an organization that advocates for greater representation of Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian, and all Creatives of Color in the arts. Under her leadership, Museum Hue launched HueArts NYC, the only citywide effort to address the lack of equitable funding and support for arts entities founded and led by Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian, and all People of Color across NYC's five boroughs. Museum Hue also built the first online directory and mapping of museums across the United States created within communities of color. Stephanie has been on the forefront of developing these invaluable resources that deepens public knowledge and understanding of art, history, and culture in New York and beyond. As a former United Nations Human Right fellow, she incorporates the UN’s ratification of cultural rights to her work. As the United States continues to reckon with its legacy of structural racism, oppression, and discriminatory policies and practices; Stephanie centers arts equity as an essential part of achieving civil liberties. She also received the 2019 Americans for the Arts’ “American Express Emerging Leader Award” for her contributions to the field. Stephanie holds a Bachelor's degree in Art and Art History from Brooklyn College and a Masters degree in Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies (CHAPS) from Rutgers University.