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?
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.
Chemical Heritage Foundation
Strategic plan and change management to support the merger of Life Sciences Foundation with Chemical Heritage Foundation. Discovery sessions with executive leadership, institutional evaluation surveys, and facilitated working sessions with education staff resulted in a process of strategic visioning, clarification of goals, and organizational buy-in from all levels of the organization to support a streamlined integration of two educational missions.
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.