Community Conversation: Seeding Change in Art Museums with Mario Moore

Thursday, Feb 15, 2024
5:30 pm — 7:30 pm

Join GRAM for a free conversation between Detroit-based artist Mario Moore and Grand Rapids community leader and art collector Eddie Tadlock as they discuss the importance of collecting and uplifting Black art and artists. In their conversation, the two will discuss the broader importance of representation inside museums and arts institutions. The evening will include the unveiling of an important new artwork acquisition by Mario Moore and celebrate the launch of the Museum’s Diversity and Equity Acquisition Fund. 

5:30 pm Cash bar and socializing
6:15 pm Artwork unveiling and Community Conversation
7 pm Diversity and Equity Acquisition Fund Presentation

This Community Conversation is free as part of Meijer Free Thursday Nights at GRAM. 

Space is limited—register here.

About the Diversity and Equity Acquisition Fund
The Grand Rapids Art Museum seeks to strengthen the diversity of its collection by addressing the current imbalance caused by decades of systemic exclusion, focusing on areas where inequity is most identifiable, namely: gender, sexual orientation, race, and culture of origin. The Diversity and Equity Acquisition Fund will enable GRAM to strategically grow its collection and present more inclusive stories that are relevant to our community.

The fund will support the purchase of works in all media by Black artists, artists of African, Native American, Hispanic, Latinx, Asian, Pacific Islander, Indigenous and Middle Eastern descent as well as works from women, LBGTQIA+ artists, and other artists that are subsequently identified as marginalized, oppressed, or underrepresented in the museum’s permanent collection. Learn more about the fund. 


For more information, contact Visitor Services at 616.831.1000.