Thelma Golden gave this TED talk titled; "How Art Gives Shape to Cultural Change". In which she describes the role of museums, exhibitions and art studios in connecting the creation of artwork with discussions about the works representation of our society and culture.

Thelma Golden is the Director and Chief Curator of the Studio Museum in Harlem. It's mission:  "The Studio Museum in Harlem is the nexus for artists of African descent locally, nationally and internationally and for work that has been inspired and influenced by black culture. It is a site for the dynamic exchange of ideas about art and society."

The Studio Museum puts an emphasis on the studio practice supporting at least three artist in residence a year. In her TED talk Thelma Golden speaks about the studio as a laboratory where questions are asked and solutions explored. She works to carry that strategy not only through the residence program but into the exhibitions she designs as well. She connects works by these artists with each other and with the public in order to initiate a new perspective on our role and that of African Americans in our culture. She specifically seeks artists who place themselves in the historical timeline, creating work that is both micro and macro in it's influence.