Category Best Practices

Equitable Institutional Sustainability in Times of Crisis

What follows is a statement urging museum leaders to keep equity at the forefront of their decisions right now, and outlining rationale and potential strategies behind this call. The statement was written by Elisabeth Callihan and edited by many others involved in the MASS Action (Museum as Site for Social Action) Collective and is endorsed […]

The 5 Dysfunctions of a Team.” In black ink is drawn a pyramid split into five horizontal slices. The slice of base of the pyramid is labeled “Absense of Trust.” The slice above it reads “Fear of Conflict,” then “Lack of Committment,” then “Avoidance of Accountability.” Finally, the slice at top of the pyramid reads “Inattention to Results.

Uncovering White Supremacy Culture in Museum Work

 By Hannah Heller, nikhil trivedi and Joanne Jones-Rizzi *** Introduction Before we dive in, we’ll begin with a brief example of white supremacy culture in a situation encountered by friend and colleague Joanne Jones-Rizzi, Vice President of Science, Equity, and Education at the Science Museum of Minnesota: WHEN IS IT NOT WHITENESS? White supremacy culture […]

Expanding Care: Curation in the Age of Engagement

This piece first appeared in the Summer 2017 issue of Fwd:Museums Journal, a publication edited and produced by the U. of Illinois at Chicago museum and exhibition studies program. Fwd:Museums allows authors to retain copyright, giving me the opportunity to republish here. Recently, I (Aletheia) have been returning to these ideas and influences to reflect on where my thinking has grown and changed and where it has remained – in some form – the same. Fwd:Museums is now accepting submissions (deadline is January 5, 2020) for their next issue, “Home.”

Call for support for Adrianne

Our dear friend Adrianne Russell reached out to folks on Twitter for financial support during a tough time of job loss, housing loss, and a large amount of hospitalization costs. This is a call to support her request for financial support, and a note of appreciation for Adrianne as a caring, thoughtful agitator for social […]

#MassActionReadingGroup: Chapter 8

And here is the final chapter of the MASS Action Toolkit! Thank you to all those who have participated in the online reading group. We hope that you will join us for the final tweetchat on 08/05 at 12pm Eastern. *** Change-Making through Pedagogy Authors: Alyssa Greenberg, Anniessa Antar, Elisabeth Callihan Including interviews with educators: […]

#MassActionReadingGroup: Chapter 7

We’re arriving at the end of the Toolkit…this is the chapter before last. Happy reading! ** Collections: How We Hold the Stuff We Hold in Trust Authors: Joy Bivens, Ben Garcia, Porchia Moore, nikhil trivedi, Aletheia Wittman The authors challenge traditional thinking about museum collecting practices, calling the field to shift from a focus on […]

#MassActionReadingGroup: Chapter 6

…And here’s chapter 6! Thank you for you patience with this being a few days late. Happy Reading! *** Sharing Authority: Creating Content and Experiences Written by C. Lashaw, E. Orantes This chapter discusses issues and strategies useful in museum efforts to remain relevant while responding to societal and demographic shifts. The chapter discusses the […]

#MassActionReadingGroup: Chapter 5

Wow, we’re halfway through the Toolkit! Thank you to all of you who’ve been on this journey with us. As we releaser chapter 5 today, we would like to invite you to share feedback with us about the reading group…what else or what more can we do to best facilitate your participation and engagement? What […]

#MassActionReadingGroup: Third Tweetchat

#MassActionReadingGroup: Chapter 3

#MassActionReadingGroup: Chapter 4

This week, we release chapter 4 and worksheet 4 of the Mass Action Toolkit. Many of the ideas developed in this chapter build on what we read in chapter 3. Happy reading, and as always, you are invited to share thoughts/comments/ideas below. Chapter 4 tweetchat will take place June 10. *** Inclusive Leadership: Avoiding a […]