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.
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.
Delaware Art Museum
Visitor experience consultation and exhibit recommendations for the reimagined Kids’ Corner Family Gallery at Delaware Art Museum. Conducted discovery sessions with education and exhibit staff as well as member families to identify interpretive priorities for the gallery. Conducted onsite observations of families and school groups. Made recommendations for a phased approach to the gallery redesign which took into consideration limited staffing and budget constraints. Developed floorplans for a flexible gallery space that would support articulated exhibit and programming goals.
The Rosenbach Museum & Library
For the Sendak in the 60s exhibition at the Rosenbach, I had the privilege of designing and building a series of talking books to take visitors inside the pages and the genius behind their creation. Where the Wild Things Are, In the Night Kitchen, and The Nutshell Library represent breakthrough work by Maurice Sendak and his approach to design and storytelling. The rebound books were fitted with small audio units that allowed visitors to follow along with curator, Patrick Rodgers, as he outlined the author's vision woven through each story.
completed as Director of Learning Strategy for Night Kitchen Interactive