Category Best Practices

Anti-Prison Organizing and Museums: The Politics of Remembering and Forgetting

By Therese Quinn, Matthew Yasuoka, Jose Luis Benavides and other members of the Illinois Deaths in Custody Project *** On July 6, 2016, Minnesota school-worker Philando Castile was shot and killed by a police officer after being pulled over for a broken tail light. Ten days later the Science Museum of Minnesota posted a placard […]

The Dreamspace Project: A Workbook and Toolkit For Critical Praxis in the American Art Museum PART 3

We are excited to feature the work of Alyssa Machida who 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 third blogpost, Alyssa shares a reflection on the most recently completed section of the […]

Whiteness and Museum Education

By Hannah Heller *** A white museum educator is facilitating a conversation about an installation art work, consisting of a group of ten brightly dressed male mannequins with a group of white high school students. The artist has purposefully used patterned textiles in the place of skin color. The students start to describe the figures […]

Letter to Young Museum Professionals of Color or What Transpires on a Long-Haul Career When Confronted with Racism in the Museum

By Radiah Harper *** You know when someone or something has crossed the threshold of your sanity in the workplace. At that moment, you have to make decisions, even when in a senior position. Has there been an irrevocable offense? Is it racism or oppression and intolerable? We ask ourselves, can I afford to quit? […]

FWD: Museums Journal | The Latest and Upcoming Issues

Have you had a chance to read Issue 1 or 2 of the Fwd: Museums Journal?  In their own words, here is their mission: Recognizing the need to critically transform museums, Fwd: Museums strives to create a space for challenging, critiquing, and imagining alternative modes of thinking and production within and outside of museums. This journal […]

MASS Action 2017 Convening

In 2015 we were invited to join a committee brought together by Elisabeth Callihan and Karleen Gardner of the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Elisabeth and Karleen were asking big questions about inclusion and the capacity of the museum field to truly respond to the most urgent of issues facing communities locally and across the country. […]

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 […]