In August of 2018, YES Institute was invited to train the staff of the History Miami Museum. The intention was to have the staff be more aware of and better equipped to provide inclusive customer service to all visitors of the museum. After the initial training, the museum leadership took on looking at different areas of how the museum could better serve all visitors. They made changes to the signage used throughout the facility, and the pronouns used by staff to address the visitors. Gender-neutral restrooms are now available. To go further, they requested YES Institute’s Communication Solutions™ course be given to the entire staff. More than 45 staff members participated in our 2-day course in February. Soon after YES Institute was invited to produce an exhibit for their upcoming Queer Miami exhibit. YES Institute’s youth volunteers partnered with History Miami Museum to tell their stories about how anti-gay and gender-related stigma impacts their lives. In this exhibit, youth courageously share their vision of a new reality through mixed media art, written narratives, and pictures.
The exhibit includes 8 uniquely painted doors that are meant to inspire critical thought around masculine and feminine stereotypes, labeling, and the experience of belonging. We invite you to be a part of this conversation, and to examine how these topics impact your life. Stay tuned for more information about our upcoming Spring Celebration at the History Miami Museum.
Click on the image above to see a short video clip of the artists in action! The exhibit opens March 16, 2019.