Category Best Practices

Reading for What is and What Might Be

By Therese Quinn *** Social imagination is the capacity to invent visions of what should be and what might be… Social imagination not only suggests but also requires that one take action to repair or renew. – Maxine Greene, From Releasing the Imagination: Essays on the Arts, Imagination, and Social Change, p. 5 After an […]

Reading For Troubled Times

By Karen Carter *** In these troubled times it seems really important to go back to reading lists from my university days on African, African-American and Caribbean writers and history. I need to revisit these books partly to help me find my centre and also to help me advise young people on the gaps in […]

I Read to Live and Survive

By Andrea Iaroc *** I remember how I felt the first time I realized I could read… it was wonderful! It was impossible not to become the type of reader that I am; avid and focused. Whenever things get murky (intellectually, emotionally, or professionally) I tend to do extensive research until my mind is saturated […]

Sites of Conscience: Truth, Reconciliation, Resistence

While The International Coalition of Sites of Conscience has been active since 1999, I am addressing their work today because what they do is crucial to and resonant with our current national moment.  They offer a hopeful example for many in the museum field who are here for the “long game” of building collective power to use memory […]

A Checklist Toward Creating Anti-Oppressive Spaces Online

By Trish Oxford and Sarita Hernández *** In early Autumn, nikhil trivedi organized a panel on “Creating Anti-Oppressive Spaces On-line” for the Museums Computer Network 2016 conference that was focused on “the human-centered museum.” Through this panel, we were in conversation with Sina Bahram (@SinaBahram), Eric Gardner (@ecgardner), Fari Nzinga (@fari_nzinga), and nikhil trivedi (@nikhiltri) […]

Artifacts on Air

This week we are pleased to welcome guest blogger Emily Meikle, recent graduate of the Master of Museum Studies Program at the University of Toronto! I met Emily and heard about her work while attending sessions at the Ontario Museums Association Annual Meeting where I gave a keynote workshop together with Porchia Moore about designing (and […]

Public Trust and Art Museums

This week on the blog we are pleased to host the work of Dr. fari nzinga. This content was originally presented as an MCN talk in November in New Orleans. fari’s discussion of public trust surfaces critical questions of “Who is/has been understood to be ‘the public’?” & “How can trust be built between the public […]

A Statement, A Commitment

I posted the following to Facebook for The Incluseum on November 9, 2016 at 11:30am (original post here.) It was important that this statement also be permanently available here on the Incluseum blog. – Aletheia This post is to acknowledge the fear, anger, mourning and disillusionment that is reverberating in our nation and, needless to say, […]

The Dreamspace Project: A workbook and toolkit for critical praxis in the American art museum Part 2

We are excited to feature the work of Alyssa Machida who, over the last couple years, has been weaving theory through practice to develop a workbook and toolkit entitled: “The Dreamspace Project: A Workbook and Toolkit for Critical Praxis in the American Art Museum.” In this second blogpost of a three part series, Alyssa continues […]

Oppression: A Museum Primer–Update

It’s been over a year since we published Oppression: A Museum Primer, and it still rings with relevance today. In this blogpost, our collaborator nikhil trivedi clarifies and expands on three points that were discussed in the article. * * * * This past year has been particularly difficult with heartbreaking mass shootings and police […]