Cecile Shellman is a full-time Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, Inclusion, and Anti-Racism consultant for museums. A museum practitioner herself for nearly thirty years, Ms. Shellman has worked in leadership capacities for Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, heading DEAI initiatives at Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Carnegie Science Center, and The Andy Warhol Museum. Other selected past appointments include: Director of Visual Arts and Exhibitions at the August Wilson Center for African American Culture, Program Manager for Pittsburgh Public Schools’ Culturally Responsive Arts Education Initiative, Education Coordinator at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston; Director of Education at Heckscher Museum of Art, New York; and Education Curator at the Museum of Church History and Art, Salt Lake City, Utah. She holds a CMS from Harvard University and a BFA in Painting from Brigham Young University.
She was named an American Alliance of Museums Facing Change Senior Diversity Fellow in 2019, in which capacity she drives board equity transformation at major Chicago museums over a three year period as part of a trailblazing 60+ museum field-wide DEAI and anti-racist platform.
Current and past clients include the Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC); The Frick Pittsburgh; Palo Alto Art Center; Discovery Place; Pioneer Works; and the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council.
Ms. Shellman is licensed as a Qualified Administrator for the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI), the premier research-based cultural competence assessment.
“I was lucky enough to participate in one of Cecile Shellman’s workshops via a diversity task force assembled by my company in February of 2020. In terms of the depth of content on offer and skillfulness of its presentation, Cecile’s workshop outdid any I had experienced before in the workplace, graduate school, or at professional conferences. Cecile embodied the best qualities of both an authoritative expert on the subject matter of the workshop participants’ many, and varied, perspectives. Conversations and learning around diversity topics can often be difficult, sometimes enervating, but Cecile’s workshop, by contrast, left our group feeling impassioned, empowered, and enthusiastically engaged in the pursuit of diversity and inclusion in our own lives and workplace. She also brings a huge wealth of personal knowledge and experience to bear in her professional practice–I simply cannot recommend her highly enough!”
–Mr. Mat Duncan, Museum workshop participant, Charlotte, North Carolina