Transcending Boundaries: The New “Identity Museum”

Track
Forces of Change
Start Day and Time
Sunday May 7 2:30-3:45 p.m.
Venue and Meeting Room
227 America's Center
Description
Hybrid identities and changing definitions shift expectations surrounding museums about "a people." For such institutions, the forces of change weigh heavily, and the opportunity for redefinition is exciting and urgent. This session addresses the need to transcend museum boundaries. It explores why new approaches are needed and how museums can navigate identity and identity politics. Ultimately it asks: how can we transcend definitions of a "museum" to realize new potential, and how does this lesson apply to museum interpretation on the whole?
Learner Outcome
  1. Learn how changes in audiences mandate reconsidering museum narratives, strategies, and techniques.
  2. Learn to question conventional museum narratives, strategies, and techniques and the assumptions they make about our audiences.
  3. Learn to experiment with boundary-stretching approaches that are more inclusive, complex, and meaningful to contemporary audiences.
Speakers
Presenter: 
Antonio Rodriguez
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Museum Consultant
Presenter: 
Lisa Sasaki
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Director
Organization: 
Asian Pacific American Center
Bio
Lisa Sasaki is Director of The Audience and Civic Engagement Center at the Oakland Museum of California. Previously, she worked at the Japanese American National Museum as the Director of Program Development, where she oversaw an initiative on how a culturally specific, community-based museum could respond to changing American demographics. She also serves on the Executive Committee of the Western Museums Association's Board of Directors.
Presenter: 
Marsha Semmel
Role: 
Moderator
Title: 
Principal
Presenter: 
Marvin Pinkert
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Executive Director
Organization: 
Jewish Museum of Maryland