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.
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?
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.
National Museum of the American Indian
New York City, NY
Interpretive visioning for ImagiNATIONS Activity Center focused on Native innovation in the areas of science, math, and engineering. Facilitated discovery and design studio sessions with NMAI exhibition team (designers, educators, developers) resulting in concept development for a select number of digital interactives as well as prototype development and testing of an interactive multi-player game (Cropetition) focused on the agricultural science behind the Three Sisters (corn, squash, and beans)
The imagiNATIONS Activity Center opened to the public on May 17, 2018.
"The only problem with the exhibit is that it's too sticky. We can't get kids to stop playing."
- NMAI exhibit team member
Playing "Cropetition" - It's More Than Agriculture (American Indian Spring 2018)
completed as Director of Learning Strategy for Night Kitchen Interactive
See also: NMAI's imagiNATIONS Activity Center Exhibition Scriptwriting, and NMAI's Native Knowledge 360 Education Resources
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.