Category Best Practices

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 […]

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, […]