Ariana A. Curtis: Creating “We”: On the Continuum of African American and Latinx Identity
Curator, Latinx Studies Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Ariana A. Curtis is the first curator of Latinx Studies at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. She is responsible for museum research and collections related to: U.S. Latinx, U.S. Afro-Latinx, African American & Latinx, African Diaspora, and African American migration to and engagement in Latin America.
Additionally, Curtis serves on multiple committees for the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative. Among her many conference presentations and keynote addresses, Ariana has spoken at SXSW, Ted Women 2018, Afro-Latin Talks, and Politico Women Rule. She has published in The Public Historian, the anthology Pan African Spaces: Essays in Black Transnationalism, and contributed to a forthcoming women’s history book from Smithsonian Books. Previously, Curtis was curator of Latino Studies at the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum. In addition to leading Latinx-centered public programming, she curated two bilingual exhibitions: “Gateways/Portales,” which received honorable mention in the 2017 Smithsonian Excellence in Exhibition Awards and “Bridging the Americas,” which was exhibited both in Washington, D.C. and in Panama City, Panama. She also organized Revisiting Our Black Mosaic, a 2014 symposium about race and immigration in the Washington, D.C. metro area.
Curtis is a Fulbright scholar with a doctorate in anthropology (race, gender, and social justice) from American University, a masters in public anthropology from American University, and a bachelor’s from Duke University.
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