A Museum Director Reflects on #MuseumsrespondtoFerguson

I’m pleased to begin the New Year with a guest post from Deborah Schwartz, President of the Brooklyn Historical Society.  As many readers know, a number off other bloggers and I have been posting about the role of museums in responding to Ferguson (using that one word to stand for the series of events that has…

Joint Statement from Museum Bloggers and Colleagues on Ferguson and Related Events

  The recent series of events, from Ferguson to Cleveland and New York, have created a watershed moment. Things must change. New laws and policies will help, but any movement toward greater cultural and racial understanding and communication must be supported by our country’s cultural and educational infrastructure. Museums are a part of this educational…

Children at the Border: Seeking Information, Comments

In the context of my periodic posts on The Empathetic Museum, I’m preparing a guest post for another site on how museums are/might be concerned with this humanitarian crisis. There is a great deal written today about museums, community and inclusiveness, as well as  museums as forums. How do these qualities to which museums aspire…

The Museum as Forum: Does it Exist?

I’ve just written a guest post at the the request of the Museums and Politics project, an international initiative examining museums, politics and power in contemporary global society. The ICOM organizations in Germany, Russia, and the U.S. are co-sponsoring the project, which includes a conference in St. Petersburg in September, 2014. I’m asking whether the idea…

See you in Seattle?

The annual American Alliance of Museums conference will be in Seattle, WA this year May 18-22. Here are two sessions that aren’t on the official program, and one that is. Pop-Up Session on The Empathetic Museum Look for information on the time and place beginning on Saturday, May 17.  One can only sign up for…

11 Questions for a Museum Blogger

As a follow-up to #Museum Blogger day on Twitter (March 19), co-organizers Jamie Glavic and Jenni Fuchs have created a kind of bloggers round robin to keep up the momentum. Various bloggers answer 11 questions about themselves and their blogs and then tap others to do the same.  Uncatalogued Museum author Linda Norris has asked me…