Please find a selection of completed museum projects and initiatives that I have been involved with, both as an independent consultant and as a consultant with a design firm or other creative institution. Unless otherwise noted, all images were taken by myself and may not be used without written permission.
Northwest African American Museum | Visitor Engagement Survey and Installation
February - April, 2016
In preparation for NAAM's upcoming 10th anniversary, the museum is undertaking a redesign and update of the Journey Gallery, its permanent exhibit. The first step in this process involved obtaining visitor feedback about their experiences at NAAM - what they liked, what they didn't like, what they would like to see more of. The responses collected would help guide the museum in the Journey Gallery exhibition development process. And rather than just implement the survey, the museum elected to engage a local artist to develop a mural that would serve as a backdrop to survey installation, but remain in the museum even after the surveys were deinstalled.
- Researched existing survey tools and tablets and made recommendations based on the museum's budget and staff capabilities
- Worked with artist to develop mural concept and implementation schedule
- Designed survey questions with staff participation
- Designed survey, including sourcing of graphics and question logic
- Tested, implemented and provided monitoring and maintenance of survey after implementation
Northwest African American Museum | The Atomic Frontier: Black Life at Hanford
Temporary exhibition, October 31, 2015 - May 22, 2016
The Atomic Frontier: Black Life at Hanford explores the experiences of the brave black men and women who migrated west to participate in the secrecy of the Manhattan Project and, in doing so, helped the US to win World War II. Using declassified photographs, documents, and objects from the US Department of Energy as well as oral histories of former Hanford workers and their descendants, Secrets on the Homefront: Black Life at Hanford, the Atomic Frontier offers a unique lens on this infamous chapter of American and world history. In partnership with several state archives and the Tri-Cities African American Community Cultural and Educational Society, NAAM presents the story of a pioneering community who ventured into the unknown in hopes of creating a better future for their families, their people and the world.
- Shaped and finalized curatorial concept for exhibit in consultation with community stakeholders
- Developed exhibition title and key take aways
- Selected objects to be included in the exhibit in consultation with NAAM and secured loans
- Performed image research and secured print-quality digital images for exhibit display
- Developed color palette and layout of exhibit, including recommendations for physical exhibit structures
- Determined didactics and wrote copy for labels and text panels
- Reviewed and edited all written materials related to the exhibition, including grants, press releases, website copy
- Oversaw and participated in installation of the exhibit
- Participated in docent/volunteer and staff training
- Led press tours of the exhibition and participated in press interviews regarding the exhibit
Museum of Impact | #MovementIsRising
Launched at the Raw Space Gallery in New York City, September 2015
Museum of Impact is the world’s first social justice museum, 'Curating the Current' & 'Archiving the Now'! We examine art and activism through a social justice lens. We affirm communities’ lived experiences using culturally resonant art and activities to connect with everyday people. MOI is deeply concerned with what’s happening in the world, and we highlight changemakers and Upstanders who are uplifting communities. Our exhibits and programs are centered in the public interest of culture, contemporary issues, social action, and engaged art.
The #MovementIsRising pop-up exhibit is a carefully curated selection of mixed media aimed at connecting visitors to the challenge and triumph of #BlackLivesMatter and other social activism. This show illuminates the human rights injustices perpetrated against people of color, via systemic oppression and racialized violence, and the pushback of strategic movements sparked around the nation in response to the unrest. By ripping straight from the headlines, #MovementisRising highlights conversations around Ferguson, Staten Island and beyond, through newsreels, sound bites, think pieces, images, sculptures and art.
- Developed exhibit concept and overarching exhibit elements
- Advised on exhibit flow, interactivity, visitor circulation and fabrication materials and techniques
- Developed project schedule and budget projections
- Managed workflow for several artists participating in the exhibit