The JME40 blogging project is an initiative of the Museum Education Roundtable to commemorate the publication of the 40th volume of the Journal of Museum Education. Each month, posts will expand upon the most recent JME issue; or, as appropriate, will address timely issues that have antecedents in the lengthy JME archive. Blog editors Susan Spero and Lexie Carlson would love your input! Please contact us at with questions, comments, or ideas.

Changing Museum Practices to Change the World

In June, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to participate in two European museum conferences. Communicating the Museum (CTM): The Power of Education was held in Paris from June 19-22nd. CTM is “the world’s leading arts communication conference encourages dialogue between museums, drives innovation, inspires new ideas, explores trends in communication strategies and fosters lasting relationships among worldwide institutions.” … Read More

Polyvocality and Representation: What We Need Now

“REPRESENT.”   It was an unhesitating one-word answer given during an in-community consultation. This past week, we conducted this consultation at the regional Korean-American Community Center to solicit feedback on the early concepts of an interpretive plan for a new installation of the Korean art collection at the Detroit Institute of Arts. The Korean project is part of a larger … Read More

Beyond Borders: Expanding Our Access

Our colleague Jon Carfagno candidly outlines in his May blog post, “Retelling the Story of Museum Education Roundtable,” the process we at the Museum Education Roundtable (MER) recently embarked towards an exciting organization-wide transformation. We reflected on our purpose, our audiences and our future to redefine our brand, mission, vision and role. Throughout this process of reflection and change, we … Read More

Retelling the Story of Museum Education Roundtable

“Sharing, teaching, listening, guiding, forecasting – an ongoing organizational quest to inform, engage and inspire through compelling educational experiences. We are Knowledge in Action. “ These words form the conclusion of Museum Education Roundtable’s recently redefined brand story. More importantly, they mark the culmination of a multi-year project intended to chart a course for our future. Origins and Background During … Read More