Building a Community through Psychological Safety

Recorded On: 09/24/2018

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September 24, 2018 at 3:00PM (EDT)

Creating an environment where people feel comfortable taking risks is key to fostering cutting edge, forward thinking organizations. In this regard, the term “psychological safety” is becoming more widely used as it relates to the workplace and groups. This is partly thanks to a study in which Google identified psychological safety as the most important factor in creating a great team. Join Stephanie Johnson-Cunningham, Co-Founder & Creative Director of Museum Hue, as she discusses the importance of psychological safety. She will also discuss how Museum Hue, which has created a community of creatives from all over the world, has helped create such space for people of color through the arts sector. 

Learning Objectives:

Participants will learn about the concept of psychological safety.

Participants will learn about Museum Hue and their work in creating psychological safe spaces, its benefits and challenges.

Stephanie Johnson-Cunningham

Co-Founder & Creative Director, Museum Hue

Stephanie Johnson-Cunningham is an agent for arts and culture, forever in a state of exploration, investigation, preservation, and creation. She has practiced inquiry-based learning methodologies as a museum educator and has also taught arts education at the tertiary level as a lecturer. Her experience has informed the creation of Museum Hue, an arts organization that she co-founded and serves as Creative Director, advocating for people of color throughout museums in particular and the arts world in general. Stephanie’s endeavors also inspired the creation of the Hueniversal Flag, a melanin infused color spectrum representing, resilience and resistance for people of color. As a recent United Nations Human Rights Fellow, she has incorporated the UN systems and mechanisms in her pedagogy to increase recognition of and protection for people of color’s artistic practices, historical narratives, and cultural contributions. Stephanie utilizes the arts as a catalyst for societal change and racial equity.

Website: and

Twitter: @museumhue and @stephaniecunning 

Links to Stephanie Johnson-Cunningham's Writings

Curator Museum Journal Article featuring a review on Susan Cahan's book, Mounting Frustration: The Art Museum in the Age of Black Power

Museums and Social Issues Article: Beyond Gallery Walls and Performance Halls: Five Essential Steps Museums and Other Cultural Institutions Must Take to Center People, Communities, and Cultivate Effective Societal Change

Other Relevant Resources

Google’s “Project Aristotle”  about Psychological Safety:

Amy Edmondson's, who coined the term psychological safety, Ted Talk:

Article on developing a psychological safety and speak up culture:


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