Tag Archives: Community Engagement

Discovering Our Inclusion Model: The National Public Housing Museum

This year I was fortunate to meet Todd Palmer, Associate Director and Curator, and Daniel Ronan, Manager of Public Engagement at the National Public Housing Museum (NPHM) in Chicago.  I had only recently heard about this ongoing Museum project and couldn’t wait to hear more from these great folks about a museum that describes itself like this: The […]

Incluseum Design Session with Museum of Northwest Art

In mid-October the Incluseum was honored with the request to facilitate an Incluseum Design Session during the first part of the Museum of Northwest Art’s (MONA) annual staff retreat.  We leaped at this opportunity! As a project that advocates for social inclusion in museums, supporting museums and their staff with resources as they openly dive […]

4 Steps for Successful Museum Social Work

For over a year, Zac Stocks has been researching social work and the different contexts in which it is practiced by museums. This research was the basis of his recently completed thesis at the University of Washington’s School of Museology.  Before completing his Master’s Degree at UW Zac worked at museums for a number of years and […]

We Can’t Outsource Empathy Part II: Qualities of the Empathetic Museum

The Incluseum has long-admired Gretchen Jennings’ writing and advocacy for the framework of the “empathetic museum.”  But what is the Empathetic Museum and how can that idea be applied to current discourse surrounding diversity and inclusion in museums?  This guest post is Part II of Jennings’ thoughtful two-part response to AAM’s newly released diversity and […]

We Can’t Outsource Empathy Part I: Thoughts on AAM’s Diversity and Inclusion Policy

The Incluseum has long-admired Gretchen Jennings’ writing and advocacy for the framework of the “empathetic museum.”  But what is the Empathetic Museum and how can that idea be applied to current discourse surrounding diversity and inclusion in museums?  This guest post is Part I of Jennings’ thoughtful two-part response to AAM’s newly released diversity and […]

Pop-Up Museums in Santa Cruz

A couple years ago, Michelle DelCarlo blogged for the Incluseum about her pop-up museum model. Since then, the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History (MAH) has adopted and adapted this temporary museum model, popping up all around town. We continue to believe this alternative way of being a museum holds great potential in terms […]

Repatriating Knowledge: Connecting Museums and Communities Part 2

Last week, we discussed the work that Sven Haakanson has been doing to repatriate knowledge from the museum to the community (read here). At the time, he was on his way to Cape Alitak on Kodiak Island to teach an angiaaq making workshop to a group of young people. This week, we feature a brief […]

Repatriating Knowledge: Connecting Museums and Communities Part 1

A little over 7 years ago, I moved to Kodiak, Alaska where I began working at the Alutiiq Museum and Archaeological Repository. At the time, the museum was in the midst of a collaboration with the Château-Musée de Boulogne-sur-Mer in France for the project Giinaquq: Like a Face. I felt lucky to join the museum at such an […]

The Museum as Kaleidoscope

In her last couple posts, our regular contributor Porchia Moore encouraged us to re-think how we speak of and envision diversity and open authority in museums. This month, she shares with us her vision for what she has coined the “Kaleidoscope Museum”, a museum that is, at its core, racially diverse and in which visitors of […]

Shifting Paradigms: The Case for Co-Creation and New Discourses of Participation

After a long break, we’re excited to  host our second blogpost from our regular contributor, Porchia Moore (find her first post here). This month, she discusses the topic of Open Authority in museums with a focus on what this concept might mean for communities of color as visitors. She invites us to think critically about […]