Upcoming presentations

NYCMER Annual Conference 2016
The Morgan Library & Museum
May 2, 2016 I New York City

Translating Power: Intersections between Language, Hearing, and Identity
Erin Hylton & PJ Gubatina Policarpio

This session will address the intersecting linguistic, sociocultural, and physical barriers students face in museums/cultural institutions and creating learning frameworks, pedagogical tools, and cultural competence to equitably engage these students or students who come from these households. These barriers are often isolated and approached separately, although ultimately these obstacles deal with issues of power, communication, and identity and often have intersecting and overlapping resolutions.

Through text, facilitated dialogue, and critical self-reflection attendees will gain an understanding of diverse audiences and most importantly gain tools to develop a foundation for meaningful experiences for learners with linguistic, cultural and physical diversity.

Museum Map 2016
Luce Center, Smithsonian Museum of American Art
May 28, 2016 I Washington DC

Museum Map is a loose group of curators, programmers and educators working to implement change within the field. Museum Map is interested in how current trends in audience engagement are being deployed in field and providing a forum of discussion, dialog and debate about our shared experience and research. 

Museum Map was started by Adam Reed Rozan, Director of Audience Engagement at the Worcester Art Museum and Scott Stulen, Curator of Audience Experiences and Performance at the Indianapolis Museum of Art in an effort to connect museum professionals working in audience engagement and programming department and to address the isolation of working in innovative and pioneering directions.

The first Museum gathering will take place in Washington D.C. at the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Luce Center during the AAM conference on Saturday, May 28th. The intent is that will spark an ongoing conversation and regular gathering in cities across the country.

Museum Map would like to thank the Luce Foundation Center at the Smithsonian American Art Museum for hosting this program.

American Alliance of Museums (AAM) Annual Meeting 2016
May 29, 2016 I Washington DC

Professional collectives as new learning models
Becky Aleman, Stephanie Cunningham, Keonna Hendrick, PJ Gubatina Policarpio & Paula Santos

The purpose of this session is to demonstrate how a collective serves as an alternative leadership model, offering participants new spaces for personal and professional development outside of their respective institutions. Engaging in critical reflection with peers is necessary for museum educators who wish to be better advocates and allies for the communities they serve (Crum and Hendrick, 2014), there are limited opportunities within the workplace to engage in challenging discussions on social and political issues (i.e. representation of marginalized audiences, social justice, and cultural and fiscal equity).

Participants will learn about SHIFT, a collective of cultural workers engaging in critical reflection and accountability for shifting their practice as educators, administrators and artists toward anti-oppressive feminist paradigms. The collective draws on the expertise of its members to lead professional development on topics where they can share their skills, and also in areas where they want to draw from others’ experiences in order to grow in their leadership positions at their institutions, and in the field. SHIFT members will share individual experiences in the collective, discussing how participation impacts their personal and/or professional lives.


Hendrick, K. and Crum, M. (2014). Multicultural Critical Reflective Practice and Contemporary Art. In J. Accuff-Boyd and L. Evans (Eds.) Multiculturalism in Art Museums Today. Walnut Creek, CA: Alta Mira Press, p. 271-298