The Union League of Philadelphia
Monuments MEMORIALZE the past.
They are created to remember important people and events--in memory and myth. What if these stories misrepresent historical truths?
Monuments ENDURE into the future.
They are built to last many years, even centuries. What happens when monuments no longer reflect a community's shared values?
These questions and more are tackled in Carved in Stone: American Monuments, Myths, & Memory developed in collaboration with the Union League of Philadelphia. As an organization born of the Civil War and dedicated to preserving its memory, the Union League found itself uniquely positioned to reflect on recent Confederate monument controversies, and those touching on other problematic historic figures. From the American Revolution, to the Civil War, to contemporary figures, this exhibition reflects on how we as a culture and society decide what to memorialize and how.
in collaboration with Keith Ragone Studio
Concept development, design charrette facilitation, and prototyping for a multi-player digital interactive that explores the history behind the 19th Amendment and subsequent legal landmarks in the quest for equal rights for ALL women in the United States. Special attention paid to the tension between which women attained their rights and when; as well as the ongoing struggle for women's rights (ex. access to healthcare & body autonomy).
in collaboration with Blue Telescope
The Burke Museum
Exhibition development and script-writing for a series of five galleries and interstitial spaces as part of The New Burke--a brand new museum space to house and celebrate the diverse collections of University of Washington's Burke Museum. Collaborating with curators and exhibit designers to define key learning objectives, identify universal themes, and narrow focus of exhibition narratives for a series of re-conceived exhibition galleries: Archaeology, Ethnology, Biodiversity, Paleontology, and Native American Art.
Expected opening Summer 2019.
In collaboration with Creative Content Studios.
American Alliance of Museums Annual Conference
As part of the Museums and Race Steering Committee, oversaw the creation of the Museums and Race Transformation and Justice Lounge for the American Alliance of Museums' Annual Conference in Phoenix, AZ. Envisioned as a purposefully-designed space to support dialog around issues of inclusion and representation in the industry, encourage reflection on personal museum practice, and create space for weary conference attendees to recharge and reconnect with one another. The lounge included a large welcome sign reminding visitors of the native lands on which the lounge stood, two participatory art projects hosted by local indigenous artists, dialog tables hosted by museum colleagues doing this work in their institutions, and a set of relaxation pods for attendees to grab a few minutes to recharge.
Professional Development Workshops: Challenging issues of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility
Delaware Art Museum
With The Empathetic Museum, developed a pair of professional development workshops for the Delaware Art Museum in advance of exhibitions and programming dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the 1968 Wilmington uprising and subsequent National Guard occupation of the city. The museum's recent strategic plan calls for expanded efforts to engage the broader Wilmington community and address issues of diversity and representation within the museum. This workshop series worked with the staff and gallery guides to rethink the way in which bias and cultural norms impact policies and best practices within museums; and identifying ways in which individual staff members can contribute to changing the museum's culture.
National Museum of the American Indian
2018 MUSE AWARD
Strategic assessment and redesign of NMAI's Education website to introduce learners and educators to Native Knowledge 360--a fundamental rethinking of the museum's educational mission.
Arch Street Meeting House
Strategic interpretive planning with Arch Street Meeting House to develop the implementation plan for an ambitious new interpretive vision for this historic Philadelphia site. Located in the heart of colonial Philadelphia, ASMH has served as the largest Quaker meeting house in the United States for over 200 years. In that time it has served as a center of faith, community dialog, and activism around some of the most fundamental issues in our country's history--war, prisons, slavery, environmentalism. How can we help visitors connect with these narratives and continue to encourage dialog and engagement around contemporary social justice issues?
OXYGEN evolved from a personal experience while visiting Paris during the Friday the 13th attacks in November 2015. As I helped my family navigate difficult conversations with my young nieces about the attacks and security lock-downs that directly affected their community, I witnessed adults struggling with their own responses, which in turn impacted the socio-emotional responses of the children in their care. Having lived in New York City during the 9/11 attacks and through my work and research in human rights and social justice education, I empathize with the struggle faced by many parents and educators trying to make sense of “senseless violence” for not only themselves, but also their children and students.
While discussing plans with UNSILENCE Founder Danny M. Cohen for an interactive and scenario-based resource to aid adults in navigating this difficult landscape, I connected with the idea of an airplane oxygen mask and the instructions we receive every time we fly: to secure your own mask before assisting those around you. We can only truly help and care for those around us once we’ve secured our own physical, and emotional safety.
Museums of Historic Hopkinsville Christian County
Strategic interpretive plan and conceptual exhibition development for a re-envisioned core exhibition about the history of Hopkinsville, Christian County, and the surrounding region. Hopkinsville lies at the crossroads of U.S. history like few other places--settled by Revolutionary War veterans, a well-worn supply station along the Trail of Tears, birthplace of Jefferson Davis, dividing fault line between the slave-holding plantations of the Confederacy and smaller family farms of the Union, center of agricultural industrialization and the tobacco wars, key stop on the Chitlin circuit,...just to name a few. Housed in the historic 1914 Hopkinsville Post Office building, MHHCC lies at a crossroads of a different kind--transitioning from an institution that tells the stories of collected objects through a narrow lens, to one whose collection can now be curated to celebrate the diverse stories and experiences of life in Hopkinsville. This new plan envisions a cultural resource to help anchor a revitalized downtown and engage local and regional audiences in exploration and dialog.