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#MassActionReadingGroup: Chapter 2

Thanks to all those who participated in today’s Tweetchat of chapter 1! I’m working on archiving the conversation and will share on the blog within the week. Here we go with chapter 2. We hope you have an enjoyable read and that you will join us for the 05/13 Tweetchat. As always, please feel free […]

#MassActionReadingGroup: Launch! Chapter 1

Dear friends, how exciting to see that close to 200 people from around the world have signed up to participate in the #MassActionReadingGroup initiative! This week, we launch the project by releasing chapter 1 and worksheet 1 of the MASS Action Toolkit. Below is a chapter summary to orient you to this week’s content. We will […]

MASS Action Toolkit: Join the Reading Group

MASS Action–Museum As Site for Social Action–is a collaborative project that launched in 2016, centering on the question: How do you transform museums from the inside out? Through a series of public convenings and the creation of a toolkit of resources, this project’s intention is to share the strategies and frameworks needed to align museums with […]

An Introduction to the MASS Action Toolkit from the Co-Founder

This piece was originally written by Elisabeth Callihan, MASS Action co-founder and project manager, as the Introduction to the MASS Action (Museum as Site for Social Action) Toolkit published in 2017. We are very happy to feature it here on The Incluseum (which has supported this project from it’s earliest stages) with the permission of the […]

The Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center’s Culture Lab Manifesto Playbook

In May 2018 at the American Alliance of Museum’s Annual Conference in Phoenix, Arizona, the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center debuted the Culture Lab Manifesto Playbook—an activity book based on their Culture Lab model. Each activity stems from an art installation or talk from one of their three Culture Labs, and is available for download […]

Museopunks Action Recap

By nikhil trivedi *** In the September 2017 episode of Museopunks, we began talking about specific actions men can take to dismantle gender oppression and create more supportive institutions for people of all genders. To finish the thoughts I began on the show, below are four actions we as men—as people who benefit from male […]

I am the Person Sitting Next to You

Today’s blogpost is a passionate statement of solidarity from one museum worker to their colleagues and co-conspirators in the field, those who, by their presence and actions are seeking to radically shift and open museums up to new possibilities. This is a statement that speaks “truth to power”. This is a statement of support, encouragement, […]

Interpreting Slavery in Historic Cities

A couple weeks ago, I (Rose) had the pleasure to attend a panel discussion on Interpreting Slavery in a Historic City moderated by Porchia Moore. This event was held at the Jepson Center in Savannah, GA and brought together four panelists from different local institutions (see flyer below) (note: the flyer lists five names; George […]

Invitation to Participate in Survey about Sexual Harassment, Sexual Assault and Work in Museums

If you are or have been a museum worker, please consider taking a short, 10-question survey on sexual harassment and assault in the workplace. Results will be used to inform an article we (Aletheia Wittman and nikhil trivedi) are writing now that is inspired by questions that also drove our blog post titled “Gender Equity […]

Think/Feel: Towards More Meaningful Encounters with Identity-Based Art

By Ariana Lee *** “[A] landscape can be a place, if explored, or remain a landscape, if simply observed.” – Lucy Lippard, Lure of the Local, 1997   In 1948, my father and mother’s parents immigrated from China and Iran respectively. Although both families had planned to return, they ultimately decided to stay in the […]