Do Museums Reflect Our Society?

Track
Forces of Change
Start Day and Time
Wednesday May 10 11:15-12:30 p.m.
Venue and Meeting Room
263 America's Center
Description
Our societies, communities, and ideas are rapidly changing. With a new era comes many new challenges. The question of who a museum "serves" is as perplexing as it is exciting to consider. Increasingly, as equitable institutions, we are designed to be inclusive, diverse, multicultural, and nimble, but putting this theory into practice deserves some focused and intelligent conversations. This panel will critically explore whether the 21st-century museum is a reflection of our communities and values, and if present-day institutions are indeed "serving" the populations we envision.
Learner Outcome
  1. Learn about policies currently being developed/implemented at institutions that that you can translate for your museum.
  2. Learn to analyze, assess, and implement "access" (employment and visitation) strategies at your museum.
  3. Learn to serve communities better through collaborations that work with, not just for, the communities in which museums exist.
Speakers
Presenter: 
Alex Elmestad
Role: 
Moderator
Title: 
Director of Learning and Engagement
Organization: 
Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis
Bio
Director of Learning & Engagement at the CAM St. Louis-leads the development, oversight of inclusive museum-,community-& school-based programs for young pros, mid-career, older adults, youth, teens, students, teachers, and families. BFA from KCAI & MA in Museum Studies, University of Missouri-St. Louis. Professor in Museum Studies Program at UMSL. Practicing artist, exploring meaning of cultural production today and its accessibility for all.
Presenter: 
Beka Economopoulos
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Executive Director
Organization: 
The Natural History Museum
Bio
Economopoulos is the Founding Director of The Natural History Museum, a mobile and pop-up museum that highlights the socio-political forces that shape nature. The museum is a project of Not An Alternative, a collective that works at the intersection of art, activism and critical theory. The group has presented work in museums around the world including Tate Modern, V&A, Guggenheim, Queens Museum, and Museo Del Arte Moderno.
Presenter: 
Maris Gillette
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Des Lee Professor of Museum Studies and Community History
Organization: 
Museum Studies - University of Missouri at Saint Louis
Bio
Sociocultural anthropologist, filmmaker, & Professor of Museum Studies & Community History & Director, Graduate Program- Museum Studies, University of Missouri-St. Louis. Received Ph.D in Anthropology, Harvard University, held post-doc. fellowships: Smithsonian Institution, Swedish Collegium for Advanced Studies. Curated exhibits: Philadelphia Museum of Art, Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, Haverford College, & Missouri History Museum.