Museum Visions: A Blog Space


This space was created by the Museum Education Roundtable to expand upon the most recent Journal of Museum Education (JME) issue, reflect on member events, and address timely issues that we face in the field of museum work. Read about how to write for our blog here.

Looking Inward: Addressing colonialism and racism in museum origin stories and collections (Part 2)

In this second part of our series, Looking Inward, we hear from Guido Gryseels, Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko, Ashley Rogers, and Joe Horse Capture about the logistical side of their work to address racism and colonialism in their museums. In the first post, they shared their vision and interpretive processes. This series responds to the National Geographic’s April, 2018 issue on Race, … Read More

Looking Inward: Addressing colonialism and racism in museum origin stories and collections (Part 1)

For its April, 2018 issue on Race, National Geographic opened the issue with an unusually explicit editorial, titled, “For Decades, Our Coverage Was Racist. To Rise Above Our Past, We Must Acknowledge It.” As part of this reckoning, they asked historian, John Edward Mason to review their archives and report on how their over a century-old organization has represented people … Read More

Supreme Justice Through a Museum

How often do you think a Supreme Court Justice volunteers to participate in a museum program? Probably not very often. But when a museum offers an important program for an important constituency that is under threat, a justice might just take notice. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg saw an article in the New York Times about the New-York Historical … Read More

Face-to-Face in Phoenix!

With members spread across the country (the globe, actually!), the Museum Education Roundtable (MER) board conducts most of its work via email and monthly conference calls. It’s an efficient way to do things, but we all look forward to the few times each year when we get together for face-to-face meetings and a little fun too. We gather each August … Read More

Introducing MER’s Inaugural Excellence Awards

This year marks a first for the Museum Education Roundtable, as we kick off the inaugural edition of our new annual Awards for Writing Excellence for the Journal of Museum Education. Funded cooperatively between MER and our publishers, Taylor & Francis, these prizes will be awarded each year to one or more authors and editors in recognition of the high … Read More

WSVP (Write, s’il vous plaît)

I titled my introduction to the December 2017 issue of the Journal of Museum Education (JME) “An Invitation to Write.” The piece shares the process and outcomes of the JME’s spring 2017 open call for articles, our invitation to practitioners to formally share their work in the pages of the journal. The 2017 call resulted in an overwhelming 48 article … Read More