Famed Art Institute Of Chicago Fires All Docents, Primarily White Women. Critics Charge Racism.

Famed Art Institute Of Chicago Fires All Docents, Primarily White Women. Critics Charge Racism.


The famed Art Institute of Chicago fired all of its volunteer docents in early September, and allegedly they did so because the group of predominantly white, retired women was not “diverse” and “inclusive” enough.

The Art Institute of Chicago 2021-2022 Docent Council fired back on September 13 in a letter delineating the numerous contributions the docents had made over the years. They wrote:

We believe we were dismissed (1) because the museum’s perspective is that the current docent corps’ demographics do not meet the need of the strategic plan (2) the museum concluded that reengineering the docent program was a step towards achieving the museum’s important goal of creating a culture of diversity and inclusion.

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The editorial board of The Chicago Tribune condemned the move to fire the

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