1. Linda Norris offers insights on what we can learn from our colleagues in Ukraine as they mobilize to protect people and institutions. Norris will also suggest ways that all of us can be useful to our Ukrainian colleagues as they undertake this work in the most difficult of circumstances — literally under military attack.

    Norris completed a Fulbright scholarship in Ukraine and for 13 years has returned periodically to teach at universities, facilitate workshops all over the country and work on special projects including the co-authorship of a 2017 report on Ukraine’s cultural heritage. She has just returned from the Czech Republic and has gained additional perspectives on the deep engagement of Eastern European museums with Ukraine.

    Norris is interviewed by Elaine Gurian, independent senior museum consultant and advisor to the proposed Museum of the Maidan (the museum of the 2014 Maidan Revolution).

    View the resource page "Actions You Can Take to Support Ukraine": docs.google.com/document/d/1dPtbY6w2Wl0hCNWz9a2t7mtvBQ8Uz3UZr0TX8grP8H0/edit

    About Linda Norris
    Linda Norris holds a M.A. in history museum studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program and a A.B. from Cornell University. Before joining the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience in 2017, Norris was an independent museum and heritage consultant, working on interpretive projects and capacity-building efforts with museum colleagues throughout the United States, Canada, Ukraine, Romania, Albania and the Baltics. Norris is an adjunct instructor in the Johns Hopkins University Museum and Cultural Heritage Programs and was a U.S. Fulbright Scholar to Ukraine in 2009. Norris is the co-author of Creativity in Museum Practice (also published in Ukrainian).

    About the Museums Today Series
    Each month during the academic year, museum leaders lead lively online discussions about critical issues in the field. This series is presented in partnership with the Association of Academic Museums and Galleries.

    The views and opinions expressed by program speakers do not necessarily reflect the policies or positions of the George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, or its partners.

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  2. Randi Korn and Emlyn Koster discuss museums’ relevance and purpose with a long-view perspective of our world and our impact on it.

    To be “a good ancestor” is an outlook that originated with Dakota elders. With similar aspirations, a century ago John Cotton Dana urged museums to fit themselves to the needs of their communities. As this century began Stephen Weil lamented that museums lack metrics to gauge their external value.

    With today’s world facing unprecedented environmental and societal crises, a long-view ethos in the museum profession would strengthen its values, missions, visions, strategies and ultimately impacts. Museums will need to make profound gearshifts to illuminate humanity’s disruption of the Earth’s natural state – reimagining the nature and purpose of their collections, research, exhibitions, programs, development, marketing and messaging.

    This collegial exchange between a geological thinker (Koster) and an impact-driven thinker (Korn) assert that the museum profession would benefit from a fresh and holistic outlook--one that blurs the traditional boundaries between museum types and the associations that represent them.

    About Emlyn Koster
    Following fieldwork in three World Heritage Sites, Emlyn Koster was the CEO of the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology, Ontario Science Centre, Liberty Science Center and North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. Focused on the Anthropocene, he is an adjunct professor at North Carolina State University.

    About Randi Korn
    The author of Intentional Practice for Museums: A Guide for Maximizing Impact, Randi Korn is founding director of RK&A, an audience research, evaluation and intentional planning firm that supports museums in those endeavors.

    About the Museums Today Series
    Each month during the academic year, museum leaders lead lively online discussions about critical issues in the field. This series is presented in partnership with the Association of Academic Museums and Galleries.

    The views and opinions expressed by program speakers do not necessarily reflect the policies or positions of the George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, or its partners.

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  3. Join Omar Eaton-Martinez for a discussion on advocating for change in museums’ boards of trustees. Eaton-Martinez will share some of the lessons learned working with the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) to implement the pilot program “Facing Change: Advancing Museum Board Diversity and Inclusion” – an unprecedented national initiative to diversify museum boards and leadership.

    A key finding of AAM’s commissioned report Museum Board Leadership 2017 was that museum directors and board chairs believe in diversity and inclusion, but have not taken the time to strategically address the issues. Eaton-Martinez and the other Diversity Fellows provided tailored support for the 55 museum boards participating in the pilot program. Through a systematic, multi-tiered effort, “Facing Change” aims to catalyze museum leaders to develop and implement measurable plans and practices across the field.

    About Omar Eaton-Martinez:
    Omar Eaton-Martinez leads the Prince George’s County Historical Resources, which include historical house museums, an aviation museum, a mobile museum, the Black History Program and archeological parks. He has had leading roles in racial equity organizations including Museums and Race: Transformation and Justice, and Museum Hue, and participated in the Museum as Site for Social Action project. Eaton-Martinez was also an AAM DEAI Facing Change Senior Fellow and is a gubernatorial appointee to the Maryland Lynching Truth and Reconciliation Commission. His research focuses on the intersections of museums and race. Omar is the host of The Museum J.E.D.I. Show podcast that has discussions on the intersections of museums and social justice.

    About the Museums Today Series
    Each month during the academic year, museum leaders lead lively online discussions about critical issues in the field. This series is presented in partnership with the Association of Academic Museums and Galleries.

    The views and opinions expressed by program speakers do not necessarily reflect the policies or positions of the George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, or its partners.

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  4. Author Laura Raicovich discusses her new publication Culture Strike: Art and Museums in an Age of Protest (Verso, 2021). The book delves into the growing tension between public expectations and the mandate, role and structural conditions of art museums in the United States and further afield. It discusses well-known case studies such as the resignation of Warren Kanders from the board of the Whitney Museum on account of investments in the munitions industry and tear-gas, as well as protest efforts to address labor politics at museums in the United States and internationally.

    In Culture Strike, Raicovich also draws on close personal experience. As director of the Queens Museum in New York, Raicovich worked to bring her renowned social vision for art institutions that serve broad and transformative public interests, and her resignation in 2018 deeply informs the book. For this presentation she will focus on museum neutrality as a disguise for the upholding of the status quo, the need for the treadmill of over-production to slow down within cultural space to do deeper structural work, and the necessary shift towards understanding protest as forms of radical care for cultural space.

    About Laura Raicovich:
    Laura Raicovich is a writer and curator whose new book Culture Strike: Art and Museums in an Age of Protest was published in June 2021. She recently served as interim director of the Leslie Lohman Museum of Art, was a Rockefeller Foundation Fellow at the Bellagio Center and served as director of the Queens Museum in New York. Raicovich lectures internationally and co-curated a seminar series titled “Freedom of Speech: A Curriculum for Studies into Darkness” at the New School’s Vera List Center for Art and Politics.

    About the Museums Today Series:
    Each month during the academic year, museum leaders lead lively online discussions about critical issues in the field. This series is presented in partnership with the Association of Academic Museums and Galleries.

    The views and opinions expressed by program speakers do not necessarily reflect the policies or positions of the George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, or its partners.

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  5. In this virtual discussion on the future of museums, Mike Murawski, museum consultant and author of Museums as Agents of Change, argues museums have the potential to be transformative, human-centered spaces of connection, care, listening, justice and community power. It is up to us to embrace our role as agents of change and be a part of the collective effort to reshape their futures. Murawski talks about some of the ways, big and small, that we can take action and start that change right now.

    About Mike Murawski
    After more than 20 years of work in education and museums, Mike Murawski is an outspoken advocate for transformation across the museum field. He is the author of Museums as Agents of Change: A Guide to Becoming a Changemaker (2021) and is co-producer of Museums Are Not Neutral, a global advocacy campaign calling for equity-based transformation across museums. In 2016 he co-founded Super Nature Adventures LLC, a place-based education and creative design agency that partners with parks, government agencies, schools and non-profits to expand learning in the outdoors and public spaces.

    About the Museums Today Series
    Each month during the academic year, museum leaders lead lively online discussions about critical issues in the field. This series is presented in partnership with the Association of Academic Museums and Galleries.

    The views and opinions expressed by program speakers do not necessarily reflect the policies or positions of the George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, or its partners.

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