The Hueniversal flag is a visual representation of people of color's work towards advocacy and resistance against racism. Through Museum Hue (an organization which fosters the social cohesion, well-being, and economic impact of the arts) it is used as a statement. The flag disrupts homogeneity of the mainstream art world and combats the omission of creatives of color. The vibrant complexions illustrated represent individuals whose identities are wide-ranging with vast idiosyncratic perspectives, phenotypic features, beliefs, language, gender orientations, and physical abilities. There is an undeniable correlation between racial politics in the United States and the visibility of artists and cultural producers of color in American museums. They play a fundamental role in creating national values and reproducing historical, political and social relationships through their narrative and practice.
Museum Hue navigates through these complexities and injustices of museums to paint a larger portrait of an ever-expanding, transnational, multicultural community of color. The monthly educational experiences offers exploration, investigation, collaboration, and creation. These programs promote museums and other parts of the arts field as a viable career path with vast opportunities. However, structural interventions are needed to dismantle hierarchies to develop more meaningful ways of preserving and interpreting cultural and natural heritage for the general public. As intermediaries Museum Hue also utilize cultural enclaves as a medium to address these issues as well as create solutions for racial equity to shift institutional frameworks. The Hueniversal flag anchors the mission to support those rich in melanin and challenge society’s poverty of imagination.
W.E.B. Du Bois famously declared in his 1903 book The Souls of Black Folk that “The problem of the 20th century is the problem of the color-line.” He did not articulate this problem as merely a conflict between black and white, but rather “the relation of the darker to lighter races of men in Asia and Africa, in America and the islands of the sea.” The Hueniversal Flag, created by Stephanie Johnson-Cunningham, works to broaden the “color line” still present in the 21st century to paint a larger portrait of an ever-expanding, transnational, multicultural community. It is a visual representation of People of Color's work for advocacy and resistance against racism. The flag disrupts the homogeneity of the mainstream art world and propels the visibility of the global movement for racial justice. The vibrant illustrious hues aesthetically dismantles monolithic notions of singularity to embrace more complex ways of seeing and thinking. The flag's message transcends beyond gallery walls and performance halls. It is utilized to challenge society’s poverty of imagination and oppressive practices. The subsequent facilitated discussions centers around actions that address injustices and solutions for racial equity. Scholarship collected and cultivated generates greater knowledge surrounding this issue for the masses. It plays a fundamental role in creating national values and reproducing political and social relationships.