Memorialization, Monuments, & Memory
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
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.
National Museum of the American Indian
New York, NY
Exhibition script development & editing for the ImagiNATIONS Activity Center at National Museum of the American Indian in New York City. Prototype testing with exhibition team and fabricators to ensure clear interpretive and directional signage.
NMAI imagiNATIONS Activity Center opened on May 17, 2018.
Celebrating Native Innovation (American Indian Spring 2018)
New Youth Center at American Indian Museum Focuses on Invention (NY Times)
The Penn Museum
Education content strategy & development, user experience design, and information architecture for the Penn Museum's inaugural Public Classroom about Science and Race: History, Use, and Abuse and its online web portal.
in collaboration with Interactive Mechanics
National Museum of American History
2013 EdCom Award for Excellence in Education Resources
Collaboration between NMAH and US Department of Citizenship and Immigration Services to create Preparing for the Oath, an online learning resource for those preparing for citizenship. Using the robust collections of the Smithsonian to illustrate stories about the founding of the nation, US geography, and civics lessons, this web resource allows learners to view short films, complete practice activities, and test their knowledge.
completed as Director of Learning Strategies for Night Kitchen Interactive
Torn From Home: My Life as a Refugee
Discovery Children's Museum
Las Vegas, NV
Collaboration with philanthropist Pamela Omidyar, Lied Discovery Children’s Museum, UNHCR, World Food Program, and international refugee rights NGOs to design a family-focused traveling exhibition to raise public awareness and educate about what it means to be a refugee and human rights issues. Torn From Home toured select museums and community cultural centers, paired with community-based programs and partnerships to engage visitors and local migrant communities in dialog.
Defined project concept and scope for groundbreaking traveling exhibition aimed at educating youth about the lives of refugees including host-venue educational programming and community-outreach communication plan resulting in doubled attendance records at first two venues. Oversaw RFP submissions, contractor selection, and contractor and subcontractor relationships throughout the development process, setting goals, negotiating timelines, and resolving conflicts. Conducted field research in Uganda, collecting personal narratives and physical artifacts for exhibition. Managed design, development, and production of exhibition narrative, exhibit components, and holistic interpretive plan including educational programming components for school groups, on-site docent-led activities, local refugee involvement, and post-visit engagement. Managed development and design of exhibit website from content to user interface and education downloads, ensuring ease of implementation and maintenance. Authored exhibit training materials for and trained museum education staff and docents.