Founded in 1973, ARLIS/NA-Twin Cities (Minneapolis/St. Paul) is one of 19 regional chapters of the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA), which along with other overseas ARLIS groups, make up the international organization, ARLIS. We strive to promote the interests and goals of those who are concerned with art librarianship. This group includes a variety of people:

  • art and architecture librarians
  • visual resource curators
  • library assistants and students
  • art historians and critics
  • book publishers and dealers
  • artists, architects, and designers
  • museum and gallery personnel
  • collectors and appreciators
  • retired persons from these fields

ARLIS/NA-TC provides a regional forum for activities, which usually takes place at our meetings. Membership is open to those in the Twin Cities area, as well as greater Minnesota, the Dakotas, and anyone who is interested.

Contact us: arlisnatc@gmail.com

5-Year DEIA Strategic Plan

ARLIS/NA-TC has developed a five-year plan with the mission of both disrupting structural racism and building equity within our chapter, our profession, and our community. Our vision is to see that all people have equitable access to the art information profession and art information resources.

Find the current plan here.

Land Acknowledgement Statement

ARLIS/NA-TC acknowledges that we are situated on the ancestral and contemporary lands of the Dakota and Anishinaabe peoples, and pays respect to elders both past and present. We acknowledge that the land of Mni Sota Makoce and Bdote was ceded under unjust circumstances and that the institutions we work for may have participated in settler colonialism. As librarians, library workers, and art information professionals, we seek to redress these injustices and support indigenous culture today by acquiring, cataloging, and featuring works by indigenous people, supporting repatriation of stolen indigenous objects, urging our administrative bodies to institute more equitable practices, encouraging indigenous people to join the information profession, and partnering with indigenous communities.

We are continually reviewing our roles and practices in order to actively steward our field in a more just and inclusive direction.

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