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Monique currently works as the Managing Director for the Center for Art and Public Exchange (CAPE) at the Mississippi Museum of Art (MMA) and also serves at the Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer. CAPE is a Kellogg funded initiative that uses artwork, exhibitions, engagement with artists, and programming as a vehicle to have conversations about race and equity.
Monique is responsible for creating brave spaces that expand visitor’s perspectives and reveal our shared humanity. Monique is deeply committed to the belief that art has the power to transform and inform us. Monique is a CPA, and a graduate of Howard University.
Prior to her tenure at the Museum, Monique served as the Senior Program Manager for Parents for Public Schools of Jackson. Her primary responsibility was teaching parents how to be effective advocates for their children. This was accomplished by creating workshops that helped parents navigate bureaucratic, and often dehumanizing systems.
Her career has been a winding path that has resulted in her owning and operating a restaurant, advocating for homeless veterans at the federal level, and creating safe spaces for nursing mothers.
Connecting people and art with stories to increase empathy
The Mississippi Museum of Art’s Center for Art and Public Exchange (CAPE) believes that engaging with art and stories is a powerful tool to create more inclusive workplace culture for the corporate community. During the past three years CAPE has developed expertise in using art to create “Brave Spaces” for viewers to tell their personal stories about race and equity. These stories reveal our shared humanity while also acknowledging the impact of racism in our society. During the past 6 months CAPE has tested this this model with a law firm, and this presentation will share the challenges and opportunities encountered.