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ReMuseum 2020 Program Archive


Resiliency Now – 10.8.2020
Labor and Social Justice – 10.15.2020
Exploring Virtual Content – 10.22.2020
Exploring Systemic Racism – 10.29.2020
Activate the Outdoors – 11.5.2020
Exploring Virtual Programs – 11.12.2020
Fundraising in Challenging Times – 11.19.2020

ReMuseum 2020: Resiliency Now 

In Conversation with Melanie Adams, Gail Anderson, and Micah Parzen
Interviewed by Luanne Kanzawa and Karen Kienzle

This program was recorded LIVE on October 8, 2020. 

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 What does resiliency look like for museums in the COVID-19 era? Hear from Gail Anderson about a resiliency model that can help museums chart their future and from Dr. Melanie A. Adams and Micah Parzen on ways that the Anacostia Community Museum and the Museum of Us are actively practicing resiliency techniques that promote equity, public engagement and representation.

ReMuseum 2020: Labor and Social Justice

In Conversation with Museum Workers Speak
Interviewed by Joaquin Ortiz

This program was recorded LIVE on October 15, 2020. 

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 Museum Workers Speak is asking us to ask ourselves tough questions about our labor practices. Through these dialogues, they want to amplify and support the internal transformation of museums to take steps towards enacting social change that leads to action. Join us in conversation with representatives from the Museum Workers Speak Collective: Gwendolyn Fernandez, Hannah Heller, and Kate Swisher.

ReMuseum 2020: Exploring Virtual Content

In Conversation with Simon Delacroix (US Lead, Google Arts & Culture) and Neal Stimler (Senior Advisor and Business Development Specialist, Balboa Park Online Collaborative)
Interviewed by Solimar Salas (VP of Museum Content and Programming, Museum of Latin American Art)

This program was held on Thursday, October 22, 2020. It was not recorded. 

This program explored ways cultural institutions can fulfill their missions using digital technology to engage audiences through sharing collections, exhibitions, and programs as part of an overall organizational strategy. Please review the resources below:

Simon Delacroix leads the US Google Arts & Culture team, based in NYC. Google Arts & Culture aims to make the world's culture available to anyone anywhere, introducing people to art in new ways with technologies such as Art Camera (ultra-high resolution imagery), Museum View (360 imagery and VR tours), and experiments using AR, VR and Machine Learning. Simon started with Google Arts & Culture in Paris in 2014 and has since then worked to develop new partnerships with cultural institutions in France, Italy, Belgium, UK, and the US.

Neal Stimler is a creative strategist with experience in collaborative leadership, content management, project management, and trend forecasting. He has successfully contributed and led efforts that improved business operations, thoughtfully engaged audiences, and enhanced organizations’ management capabilities and inspired greater visionary capacity. Before joining BPOC, Neal spent more than a decade at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in positions of increasing responsibility. Following his time at The Met, he was the inaugural Head of Public Engagement at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki. He provides leadership and critical insights on trends in business management and digital technology and has guided The Cleveland Museum of Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and The Smithsonian Institution on the implementation of their Open Access programs. Neal was a 2019-2020 Fellow at The Engelberg Center of Innovation Law and Policy at the New York University School of Law, where he was co-creator of the digital publication,
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ReMuseum 2020: Exploring Systemic Racism

In Conversation with Gretchen Jennings
Interviewed by Ruth Cuadra (Business Applications Administrator, Getty Research Institute) and Leigh Gleason (Director of Collections, UCR ARTS)

This program was recorded LIVE on Thursday, October 29, 2020.

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How can we in museums approach the need for greater diversity and equality using empathy as our lens? This program explored the philosophy and tools developed by The Empathetic Museum for confronting histories of colonialism, racism, and privilege by developing the practice of institutional empathy (i.e., the intention of the museum to be, and be perceived as, deeply connected with its community). Learn more about and download The Empathetic Museum Maturity Model (more resources in the recorded video).

ReMuseum 2020: Activate the Outdoors

In Conversation with Tim McNeil and Emma Thorne-Christy of Free the Museum
Moderated by Karen Kienzle (Director, Palo Alto Art Center)

This program was recorded LIVE on Thursday, November 5, 2020. 

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Free the Museum. This call to action aims to transform everyday places into sites of engagement by unleashing the skills of museum practitioners into the world around us.

ReMuseum 2020: Exploring Virtual Programs

In Conversation with Alexandra Kowalski (Sacramento History Museum) and Colby Sellers (Shedd Aquarium)
Moderated by Delta Pick Mello (Executive Director/CEO, Sacramento History Alliance) and Vicki Wawerchak (Director of Public Programs, Monterey Bay Aquarium)

This program was recorded LIVE on Thursday, November 12, 2020. 

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When doors closed to visitors, how did museums pivot and reimagine the audience experience through digital programs in order to stay relevant and connected?

ReMuseum 2020: Fundraising in Challenging Times

In Conversation with Doug Jenzen (Dunes Center/Lotusland) and Randy Shulman (The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens)
Interviewed by Sue Lafferty (Lead, Strategic Planning, California Surf Museum)

This program was recorded LIVE on Thursday, November 19, 2020. 

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Keeping donors engaged during difficult economic times can be challenging for museums. Quite often, funding organizations will redirect their efforts to the more immediate needs of their communities, such as social services and housing. The current pandemic is no exception. How can we continue to make the case for museums, keeping our current and future donors engaged while staying true to our mission?