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: 
Avi Decter
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Managing Partner, History Now
Bio
Avi Decter is managing partner of History Now, is an interpretive planner and museum professional. His projects range from the US Holocaust Memorial Museum to the Louisville Slugger Museum. His forthcoming book on interpreting American Jewish history addresses the need for adaptive change in history museums and suggests strategies for next practice." He was formerly the Director of the Jewish Museum of Maryland."
Presenter: 
Charles Bethea
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Chief Curator Director of Collections & Exhibitions
Organization: 
The DuSable Museum of African American History
Bio
Charles Bethea is Chief Curator and Director of Collections & Exhibitions at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture. He was the Executive Director of the Black History Museum and Cultural Center; Chief Operating Officer and Curator at the DuSable Museum of African American History; and the Director of Educational Programming at Hampton U. Museum. He holds an MA in Museum Studies from Hampton University.
Presenter: 
Deborah Cardin
Role: 
Moderator
Title: 
Assistant Director
Organization: 
Jewish Museum of Maryland
Bio
Deborah Cardin has worked at the Jewish Museum of Maryland for more than fifteen years and is currently its Deputy Director of Programs and Development. In this capacity, she oversees exhibitions, collections, programs, education, and fundraising. She is involved in efforts to expand and diversify the Museum's audience. Cardin also serves as chair of the board of the Council of American Jewish Museums.
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.