The world of museums is changing. Topics that were once deemed difficult conversations are now coming to the forefront. While our communities are becoming more diverse, the words inclusion and intersectionality are becoming more important when discussing possible museum topics. It is important to reach our surrounding communities because they are the faces that represent our new conversations. In order to have a completely engaging conversation that is genuine and welcomes interaction from…Continue
As museums and cultural institutions, we serve a wide variety of constituents. Our surrounding cultures, audiences, and environments are constantly in a state of flux. With these changing times and our roles as “schools” of culture and knowledge, we must avoid remaining static and continue to fluidly adapt to the changing worlds around us.
As Luis Camnitzer has affixed onto many…Continue
As museum professionals, we all want people to come to our museums and be inspired and feel a connection to what we are doing. It’s both a rewarding and frustrating process. One of the issues that many museums have noticed in recent years is the drop in attendance. Disconnect between museum and community is one of the main causes. At the CAM conference this year, I had the pleasure of working with Joy Tahan Ruddell, Senior Registrar for the Oakland Museum of California. Her…Continue
Working at the San Bernardino County Museum in the role of Museum Educator I have come across a varied number of students with special needs. When I work with these individuals I begin to wonder what else is being done at other museums to help educate those with special needs. Yes, we do our best, but is our best really enough? Museums should rethink the roles educators play and who these educators are. Those trained specifically to work with students with special needs should be given a…Continue
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