About Us

The Alliance of HBCU Museums and Galleries (the Alliance) is a non-profit organization comprised of eleven member colleges and universities classified as Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), each of which maintains and operates a museum or gallery and associated collections of art. Our primary goals are:

  1. to contribute to the diversification of the museum and art world through the preparation and training of outstanding students and recent alumni from our member HBCUs in museum studies, art conservation, archives, and artistry.
  2. to support the preservation, sustenance and operations of our member museums and galleries and their collections and staff.

The Alliance was conceptualized by Dr. Jontyle Robinson, Curator and Director of Tuskegee University’s Legacy Museum in 2017. She was simultaneously joined in her efforts by Dr. Caryl McFarlane, an independent Higher Education Diversity Programs and Strategy Consultant. Together Drs. Robinson and McFarlane have led the organization in collaborations with various Predominately White Institutions (PWIs) and worked to develop intensive programs for undergraduate HBCU students held on PWI campuses with great success for the HBCU students, the HBCU campuses and the PWIs, as a consequence.

Some of our work is featured in the following publications:

Yale News: “Patience and a steady hand: Increasing diversity in art conservation”, June 11, 2019

Fisk University: “New Museum Leadership Program begins at Fisk University”, August 30, 2018

University of Delaware, Department of Art Conservation: “Two-Week Introduction to Practical Conservation (TIP-C) Program”, July 2018

Princeton University Library: “PUL and HBCUs join forces to launch inaugural archives student program”, June 13, 2018

AIC’s Conservators Converse blog: “ECPN Mentor Project with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)”, March 8, 2018

UDaily, University of Delaware: “Visiting students work to preserve historical diorama”, June 29, 2017

Yale News: “Yale and HBCUs team up to help students ‘soar'”, June 14, 2017