The Newfields Speaker Series

Presented by Bank of America

The Newfields Speaker Series: The Inclusive Museum Leader with Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko & Chris Taylor
3 p.m. & 7 p.m. EDT

As we continue working to deliver on the commitments made in the Newfields Action Plan, we invite you to join us—our Board, staff, colleagues, members, and the public—in conversation with leaders in our field as they share their thoughts on creating more empathetic, inclusive, and community-focused cultural institutions.   

The Newfields Speaker Series presented by Bank of America, launching this month, will feature livestreamed conversations with experts who will share their experiences as they have sought to achieve a culture of diversity, equity, inclusion, and access in both their own organizations and beyond. Each invitation comes with the option to pre-read or pre-watch materials to help encourage conversations among our speakers, board, staff, and guests.   

Look for recorded sessions and a list of upcoming speakers soon. We hope you will join us. 


Wednesday, August 18, 2021
The Inclusive Museum Leader: Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko
 and Chris Taylor

Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko and Chris Taylor are the co-authors of The Inclusive Museum Leader, published this year by the American Alliance of Museums. The authors note that front line staff, especially younger employees, are often the ones championing a greater social justice role for museums and other cultural institutions. Their work advocates for the leaders of these institutions to change exclusive systems and practices at their museums while modelling inclusive leadership to their peers. Cinnamon and Chris will offer insights about inclusive leadership and practical actions leaders can take immediately to shift their thinking and start moving their museums toward an inclusive future.   

August 18, 2021

The Inclusive Museum Leader Excerpt 

Chapter 11

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About Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko

Working in museums for 25 years, Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko has served as a museum leader since 2001. Prior to joining the Illinois State Museum as director in 2019, Cinnamon was the director of the General Lew Wallace Study & Museum (Crawfordsville, IN) where she led the organization to the National Medal for Museum Service in 2008. She then served as president and CEO of the Abbe Museum (Bar Harbor, ME) where she co-led their decolonization initiative and co-developed practices to ensure collaboration and cooperation with Wabanaki people. Cinnamon has served on numerous national and local boards including the American Association for State and Local History and the American Alliance of Museums; she is currently a board member of the Association of Midwest Museums. She is the author of Museum Administration 2.0 (2016), The Art of Healing: The Wishard Art Collection (2004), and co-editor of the Small Museum Toolkit (2012). In 2016, she gave her first TEDx talk, We Must Decolonize Our Museums ( Cinnamon's latest publication is The Inclusive Museum Leader (2021), a compilation of essays she co-edited with Chris Taylor and published by the American Alliance of Museums.  

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About Chris Taylor

Chris Taylor is the Chief Inclusion Officer for the State of Minnesota. In this role, he facilitates more welcoming and inclusive organizational cultures across Minnesota’s state agencies. Chris spent nearly 14 years at the Minnesota Historical Society where he developed and implemented a vision for systemic change across the MNHS network and led organizational change efforts to respond to shifting demographics in Minnesota. Mr. Taylor received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of St. Thomas and a Master’s degree from the Cooperstown Graduate Program for Museum Studies. He is currently working on a Doctorate of Education in the Organization Development and Change program at the University of St. Thomas.