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Ariana Curtis  

Afro-Latina Researcher & Curator

Ariana Curtis is the first curator for Latinx Studies at the National Museum of African American History and Culture at the Smithsonian Institution. In this role, she researches and promotes Latinx and Black-centered narratives to more accurately represent the history and culture of the Americas.

As the daughter of an African American education and a Black Panamanian engineering research technician, Dr. Curtis grew up in an Afro-Latinx affirming household. She is the author of the paper "Afro-Latinidad in the Smithsonian's African American Museum Spaces" and a chapter in *Pan African Spaces: Essays on Black Transnationalism. Dr. Curtis also serves on several committees for the Smithsonian's American Women History Initiative. Her TED talk "Museums should honor the everyday, not just the extraordinary" was released in December 2018.

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