Category: Public Engagement

Beyond the Walls: Building the Capacity for Community

Last week we had the pleasure of being the keynote speakers for the 2017 Small Museum Association Annual Conference. Needless to say, we were honored to have the opportunity and were excited to share in the importance of small museum institutions to the future of museums. Below is a brief––very brief––overview of our keynote presentation. […]

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An Artist Perspective: Interview with Adriana Corral

The art world and the museum field have a close relationship, but we don’t often hear the artist’s perspective on the collection and exhibition of their work. Artists are often politically aware, and politically active — what do they have to say about the growing trend of community-building and space-making that is happening in museums? What lessons can museums take from the world of public art?

To find out, we sat down with artist Adriana Corral to get the artist’s perspective on what museums do best, what it was like to move from grad school to the art world, and why geography is always present in her work.

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Admission Fees, Institutional Privilege, and Cultural Fluency

Admission Fees, Institutional Privilege, and Cultural Fluency

A few weeks ago, I visited the Boston Museum of Fine Arts for free. Usually a $25 entrance fee, all I had to do was show my Harvard ID and I was waved right past the admissions counter. Don’t get me wrong, I am tried-and-true bargains hunter and will never turn down the chance to […]

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BGMB Open Letter to the City

Dear Friends and Supporters, Below you will find the letter we wrote to the city recently regarding the hearing to destroy the historic Union Arts building which would displace artists, creatives and entrepreneurs that utilize the space. We press upon our community of museum workers and activists who fight for equity in this space. Dear […]

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Mining the Digital Landscape, Engaging Communities of Color

So we know a few things about these digital platforms: A) There is an immediacy and ability to mobilize or respond vs. the top-down structure of the museum B) They collectivize people across institutions C) They archive and preserve (tag, url) But that’s the platform…What about the people? What we see is, communities of color […]

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In the ‘Business’ of Museums

I enjoy still moments and often feel like I do tourist sites because I have to. Like Instagram, If you didn’t take a picture, it didn’t happen. But what if there were this awesome thing where a person who knew stuff could show you cool places, filled with history that you never knew was there?–Yeah, I’d sign up too. Tourism is a booming business that brings in a stream of revenue into cities, and museums are prime to capitalize. And as funding becomes increasingly competitive in the non-profit sphere (such a catch-22), public humanities is growing more and more dependent on attracting audiences through tours as a means to actively engage audiences. With the wealth of resources available through technology, the museum isn’t the brick and mortar sanctuary it once was in this millennial age. So once you get people in the doors, how do you keep them there and convince them that it is worth coming back?

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Local Communities, Global Initiatives

Local Communities, Global Initiatives

“Local” is a buzzword that is practically inescapable these days, sometimes a codeword for expensive organic farmer’s market produce and sometimes an adjective that describes grassroots communities sprung up around a cause. Local economies, local groups, local issues. With all this increasing focus on what we have at home (and with the idea that buying local is what will save us from neoliberal economic bloat), what is the role of museums in promoting the communities of their immediate areas? How can museums balance responsibilities to the local neighborhoods with the global pursuit of access to archives for everyone? Particularly thinking about social media: does a digital presence serve people close to home or far away?

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Join the Festivities and Build Greater Cultural Networks

On March 28th, we attended the inaugural 17th annual National Cherry Blossom Freedom Walk. As a recent D.C. transplant, I look forward to activities that will allow me to discover the pockets within the folds of the city. The program is an embedded tradition, within what many city residents and tourists have come to enjoy as […]

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Welcome to BGMB

Welcome to BGMB

Maybe the blog title gave us away; we are obviously two brown girls interested in blogging about our experiences in the museum industry, but there’s more to Ravon and I than just that! We’re excited about building a community of people who, like us, are interested in museum minority experiences, and to that end, we […]

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