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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The Alice Austen House fosters creative expression, explores personal identity, and educates and inspires the public through the interpretation of the photographs, life and historic home of trailblazing American photographer Alice Austen (1866-1952).


We pursue this mission and work with integrity, dedication, scholarship and passion. This means modeling new ways of operating that address the inequities that exist in our communities – across race, gender, sexual orientation, ability, and other identities.

Thus, Alice Austen House is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion in all of our programming and among our board, staff, volunteers, and patrons.

 


To that end, we commit to:

 

  • Partnering with community organizations and schools which represent the diverse communities we serve. We must utilize these collaborations to create a shared vision for change that promotes equity and eliminates systematic barriers.

 

  • Refining existing and developing new educational and public programming through the lens of diversity, equity and inclusion that meets the needs of the culturally, racially and ethnically diverse communities we serve.

 

  • Ensuring that Alice Austen House hiring practices are open and inclusive and developing a racially diverse Board of Trustees.

 

  • Our institution understands that a racially diverse staff and board are critical to growing and strengthening our organization’s adaptability and providing workplace welfare and greater accessibility.

 

 

The world is changing, and we commit to being a cultural institution that truly reflects the lives of the people in our communities.

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The Alice Austen House’s Statement Regarding COVID-19

As we all come together online and with our families and loved ones to face the COVID-19 pandemic, I wanted to reach out and keep you updated on our efforts at the Alice Austen House to respond to these challenging times.  

We are guided in all our decision making by a long-standing commitment to provide our community, both local and international, with contemporary photographic arts, historic preservation, LGBTQ+ and women’s history programming. 

 


 

Here is how we are responding:

 

PEOPLE

We are taking care of our staff by instituting remote work. Together with the Alice Austen House Board, we are supporting them to develop new ways of delivering meaningful news and programming for our students, supporters, and contributing artists.

 

IMPACT

We are committed to thinking long-term about our mission to share the life and work of Alice Austen to inspire everyone to explore personal identity through photographic arts and personal storytelling. 

There has been considerable disruption to our in-person programs. We are currently installing a brand new exhibition “Powerful and Dangerous,” which raises up the inspiring writing and images of black, lesbian, feminist and activist, Audre Lorde. This exhibition will be shared with you in the coming weeks via our  Facebook: facebook.com/aliceaustenhousemuseum, Instagram: instagram.com/aliceaustenhouse
and website: www.aliceausten.org

You can also view a selection of Alice Austen’s incredible photography here online. We are also preparing gallery tours of our period rooms which contain many fascinating stories of Alice’s life and the themes embodied in her work. 

Our museum is fortunate to have a dedicated live-in caretaker who continues to safeguard the house and tend to all our blooming spring gardens available for you to visit in our waterfront park.

 

BEING A FRIEND TO THE ALICE AUSTEN HOUSE

There is no doubt that we are all in this together. We are working closely with our partners to navigate the challenges to retaining and supporting staff and caring for our collections.

 


 

Your financial contributions make such a huge impact at this time, please consider donating to support our mission and the generation of all our new and long-term projects. 

In the coming weeks, we will continue to keep you informed of the ways you can be involved and help preserve our historic site and all of the important work that we do here. 

With sincere thanks and pride,

Victoria Munro Signature

Victoria Munro

and all of the staff of the Alice Austen House 

 

 

Take a quick 360-degree tour of our park and rooms here.

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Our Statement of Solidarity

Dear Alice Austen House Friends and Family,

As a national site of LGBTQ history, we honor the life and work of Alice Austen, a Victorian trailblazing lesbian photographer. As an organization, we are actively working to center the voices of LGBTQ+ artists and thinkers.

This work is not done without the recognition of the millions of black trans and queer people who live at the intersection of white supremacy and homophobia, facing violence and discrimination at a higher level than their white LGBTQ+ counterparts. They fought with their lives for the liberation of the entire LGBTQ+ community, and without the work of black and brown activists, we as an organization would not be able to do our work today.

Today, The Alice Austen House stands in solidarity with the black community as they have stood with us before to fight for justice. We mourn the loss of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Ahmaud Arbury and every black person who has unjustly lost their lives at the hands of white supremacy.

We see you, stand with you, and most importantly, we are listening. 

The Alice Austen House fosters creative expression, explores personal identity, and educates and inspires the public through the interpretation of the photographs, life and historic home of trailblazing American photographer Alice Austen (1866-1952).  
 
We pursue this mission and work with integrity, dedication, scholarship and passion. This means modeling new ways of operating that address the inequities that exist in our communities – across race, gender, sexual orientation, ability, and other identities. Thus, Alice Austen House is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion in all of our programming and among our board, staff, volunteers, and patrons.

 
We support and thank those who are continuing to challenge and dismantle systematic oppression. We call for justice.

 “For the master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house. They may allow us to temporarily beat him at his own game, but they will never enable us to bring about genuine change. Racism and homophobia are real conditions of all our lives in this place and time. I urge each one of us here to reach down into that deep place of knowledge inside herself and touch that terror and loathing of any difference that lives here. See whose face it wears. Then the personal as the political can begin to illuminate all our choices.”

AUDRE LORDE

“My Portrait, My Message” projects created by Staten Island middle school students

funded by Staten Island Foundation