Museum Visions: A Blog Space

Deep Dive

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.

What You Leave Behind: Museum Education, Disability, and the Holocaust

Educators must be conscious of how misinformation and ableism shape presentations of disability histories. The atrocities of the Holocaust and related instances of prejudice and persecution under the Nazi regime are vital topics within education about disability history. However, the emotive and horrific nature of the subject matter may encourage educators to make generalizations about disability history. Are sensitive histories … Read More

Context and Transformation: Making Visible the Work of the Museum Education Roundtable

The Journal of Museum Education (JME) celebrated its 50th anniversary last year, culminating in the final issue of 2023, Relational. The theme of this issue was the various ways museum educators share, support, and sustain professional praxes and the role the JME plays in making visible the often invisible labor of practitioners. Now, at the start of our 51st year of publishing on … Read More

Interview with Wolfgang Schmutz, Guest Editor of JME 49.1: Transforming Teaching and Learning About the Holocaust

In his introduction to JME 49.1: Transforming Teaching and Learning About the Holocaust, guest editor Wolfgang Schmutz gives a thoughtful and heartfelt reaction to how he believes readers might consider the articles in this issue situated within the ongoing violence in Palestine and Israel (and in many parts of the world) today. I encourage readers to spend time with Wolfgang’s … Read More

An Annotated Bibliography: There are Different Suns

Editor’s Note: In Orlando Serrano Jr’s article, There are Different Suns, he shares animating ideas and frameworks shaping the work of making the new Center for Restorative History at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. The article and Serrano’s lineage of thought are broad and, importantly, shaped by many sources beyond museum or education literature alone. We asked him … Read More

A Conversation About “In The Unrest of Implication: Museum Education Methods in Atmospheres of Scandalization

Editors Note: Part of our commitment to making the Journal of Museum Education accessible is to provide free access to one article per issue, supported by our partnership with our publisher, Taylor & Francis. For the JME issue 48.3, It’s All Fake, Honestly!, our board selected the article “In the Unrest of Implication: Museum Education Methods in the Atmospheres of … Read More

Social Media, Facilitation, and Rapid Response Collecting: Queer Appalachia’s Approach to Activism and Community Building

Introduction Bryn Kelly was a good artist. Her pieces appeared in the New Museum as well as several galleries and other art institutions. Unfortunately, she was never adequately compensated for this work, which factored into financial hardship. Bryn’s situation was further compounded by being an HIV-positive transwoman. In 2016, she died from suicide. The project Queer Appalachia began as a … Read More