Can a ragtag group of exhibit people inspire Chicago museums to become more diverse, equitable, accessible, and inclusive?
Spilling the Tea on Designing Museum Spaces for Teens
Discover five ways to build engaging exhibits for teens based on neuroscientific and psychological research.
What’s a Museum?
On September 9, 2019, The International Council of Museums (ICOM) will vote on whether to adopt a new definition of “museum.” With 40,000 professionals in over 141 countries, ICOM is well positioned to foster a new international consensus on the definition of a museum.
LGBTQ+ Inclusion for Chicagoland’s Museum Professionals
An interview with leaders of Chicagoland Alliance of Museums with Pride (CAMP) When I first moved to Chicago and started pursuing a career in museums, I questioned whether I would be embraced for my whole identity in my workplace. The more I engaged with the Chicagoland Alliance of Museums with Pride (CAMP), the more I... Continue Reading →
How to Center Marginalized People in Exhibit Text
The back entrance to Art of Native America On my last visit to NYC to see my parents, my mom and I headed to the Met to check out the Art of Native America. I was particularly excited to see this exhibit because it is the first time that the Met has displayed Native American... Continue Reading →
Making Museums Welcoming, Inclusive, Accessible
Have you ever overheard a museum professional make a statement like, “while I know it's important to make sure wheelchair users can get around, the wide aisles really interrupt the flow of the space.” However well-intentioned, statements like these miss the power and importance of making museums welcoming, inclusive, and accessible. At the most recent... Continue Reading →
America Needs a Permanent Museum of Trans Hirstory & Art (MOTHA)
The Museum of Trans Hirstory & Art (MOTHA) is a series of radical art installation projects by artist Chris E. Vargas. The series is currently in it’s fifth iteration, Consciousness Razing—The Stonewall Re-Memorialization Project, housed at the New Museum. I was fortunate to hear Vargas speak about his work at the University of Chicago. A recording... Continue Reading →
Funding is Not Neutral
Given the content and design of Hope to Nope, I could not have imagined the controversy that would erupt over the exhibit just a few weeks later.