Break Free: Curating Our Communities

Track
Collections Management
Start Day and Time
Sunday May 7 2:30-3:45 p.m.
Venue and Meeting Room
226 America's Center
Description
Cincinnati Museum Center (CMC) faces a renovation that will require its history and science museums to remove 5,000 objects from display for 30 months. Rather than mothball the collection, CMC launched Curate My Community to display objects in public spaces. The undertaking offered chances to work with new partners and tell new stories in new locations, piloting a collaborative community paradigm for exhibit design and display. Project developers and partners discuss how the challenge resulted in a community of curators engaged in storytelling around the museums' collections.
Learner Outcome
  1. Learn how to create opportunities for external organizations and partners to be stewards of museum collections, and develop rules of engagement for stewardship.
  2. Learn how to harness new storytelling perspectives from your community to create inclusive narratives for collections.
  3. Learn how to develop design and curation strategies that mitigate risk and transcend spatial and financial constraints in planning public exhibitions.
Speakers
Presenter: 
Arnie Miller
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Senior Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Bio
University of Cincinnati Professor and Senior Associate Dean Arnold Miller studies biodiversity in the past and present. As President of the Paleontological Society and organizer of the 2009 North American Paleontological Convention in Cincinnati, Miller works to carry the message of science to broad audiences. He works to help reshape the culture of an urban, research-focused institution to be more engaged with its surrounding community.
Presenter: 
Brian Cobb
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
VP, Customer Experience
Bio
Brian Cobb is Vice President of Customer Experience at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG), and he holds a BS in Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. His key focal points are start-up innovations, and facilitating community integration into the airport experience. Among his most recent wins is his work collaborating with Cincinnati Museum Center to install nine object-centered exhibits at CVG.
Presenter: 
Elissa Yancey
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Director, Special Projects
Organization: 
University of Cincinnati - Langsam Library
Bio
University of Cincinnati communications professional Elissa Yancey is a journalist, educator, project facilitator and activist focused on building community, understanding and respect across disciplines and communities locally and globally. She teaches and writes about education, science and the environment and social justice issues, with an emphasis on expanding critical thinking, community engagement, and experiential learning opportunities.
Presenter: 
Jennifer Jensen
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Registrar
Organization: 
Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal
Bio
As Registrar, Jennifer Jensen plays a critical role in caring for Cincinnati Museum Center's collections. Jensen has served as Collections Manager/ Curator at the Boston Children's Museum, Registrar at the New York Transit Museum and Assistant Curator of Decorative Arts at the New York Historical Society. She holds a BA in Art History from Barnard College and has completed graduate work in Art History and museum studies at Boston University.
Presenter: 
Sarah Lima
Role: 
Moderator
Title: 
Senior Director of Project Management for Exhibits
Organization: 
Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal
Bio
Sarah Lima develops and facilitates external and internal exhibits projects at Cincinnati Museum Center, where she serves as Director of Exhibits Business Development. Lima has led tour management on the recent exhibitions And Still We Rise (Women of Color Quilters Network, 2013) and First Folio! (Folger Shakespere Library, 2016), and collaborates with for- and non-profit community partners to develop external and in-house exhibition projects.