Museum Visions: A Blog Space

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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.

Learning to Consume Difficult Media

The Journal of Museum Education’s recent issue Woman/Trans/Femme in the Museum brought together some of the most important thinkers in the museum field (as well as my illustrations). Collectively, the authors are working to make museums more diverse, equitable, accessible, and inclusive. Their hard work and thoughtfulness show in every essay. Yet, in reading the journal, I was struck by … Read More

4 x 4: Self-Care and Parenthood with Divya Rao Heffley

Our “4 x 4” interview blog format aims to incorporate multiple perspectives on current topics in our field by inviting four thought leaders to answer four questions related to a chosen theme. This playful approach seeks to navigate pressing topics with the personal touch of a conversation. Our first theme features four approaches to “self-care.” In this candid conversation held over … Read More

Looking Inward: Insights from the 2018 MER Survey

In the spring of 2018, the Museum Education Roundtable (MER) administered an online survey to both MER members and non-members with the purpose of understanding our members and potential members, how they perceive and use MER and its resources, as well as what they want and expect from us moving forward.  The 2018 survey followed and expanded upon our 2015 … Read More

4 x 4: Self-Care and Nature with Mike Murawski

In a new format aimed at incorporating multiple perspectives on current topics in our field, MER introduces “4 x 4” interview, in which we invite four thought leaders to answer four questions related to a chosen theme. This playful approach seeks to navigate pressing topics with the personal touch of a conversation. Our first theme features four approaches to “self-care.” Aligning … Read More

Facing Change: MER’s 2018 Forum

Following each year’s board retreat, the Museum Education Roundtable (MER) hosts an open forum for museum educators. This year, we welcomed Dr. Nicole Ivy to share her experiences creating the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) publication, Facing Change. For reference, you can download Dr. Ivy’s forum slide deck here: . Issued earlier this year, this report reflects the five key … Read More

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