A podcast that unpacks buzzwords in the contexts of museums with professionals at the top of their field.
Season Two Wrap Up
Emily is joined by a special co-host to breakdown the big take aways from season two.
Season Two interviewed museum leaders from around the world about how different departments interpreted the word ‘Distance’ in the COVID-era.
A New Model for Caring in Museums
Esme Ward, Director of the Manchester Museum, is setting out to create the most inclusive, imaginative, and caring museum in the world. In this conversation, we zero in on her efforts to care for her staff, audiences, and collections through embarking on a journey of repatriation. "God knows I'm passionate about museums, but you know, I do worry that we over rely on that passion.”
MCN Chairs on Designing Virtual Conferences
In this conversation, I speak with the four program co-chairs of the Museum Computer Network (MCN)conference about how they approached planning their virtual conference, what they’re worried about, and whether conferences in the future will be more or less virtual.
MCN in November spans two weeks. Other virtual conferences are four weeks. One day. Live. Hybrid. Asynchronous. Conferences are experimenting and seemingly trying to lower as many barriers to entry as possible to still connect with their attendees.
Reopening Museums with “A Lens Toward Justice”
Reopening is more than creating safe physical spaces for visitors and staff. It can be an opportunity to “reorient the place of museums” in society and how they engage with issues of white supremacy, white fragility, and social justice. Waqas Jawaid and Andy Chen, Co-Creators of Isometric Studio in Brooklyn, NY, created a Reopening Toolkit for Museums that included a preface called “A Lens Toward Justice.”
Our conversation explores the toolkit and the larger ideas museums face as they reopen.
A Journey into Distance Learning
Ian Ellard, Head of the V&A Academy at the V&A in London, shares his experience of rapidly switching to distance learning as a result of COVID-19. Ellard was about to launch a new, cohesive adult learning program: the brochure was ready to print, the new logo was approved, all they had to do was hit ‘send’. “But public health had other plans.”
Listen to our conversation as we explore their journey into distance learning.
Kat Harding, PR and Social Media Manager at the North Carolina Museum of Art, shares a deep dive into their approach to #MuseumFromHome. This popular initiative by museums from around the world has allowed visitors to stay in touch with the institutions they love - and access new collections - during the pandemic.