2020 Case Studies

Museums as Second Responders

This case study explores the role Puerto Rican museum and university spaces played in the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, and discusses institutional strategies for disaster preparedness and cultural community-building before, during, and after crisis.


By: Makayla Bailey, Curatorial Fellow, Studio Museum in Harlem; 2020 CAM Fellow 

Image: Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico (MAC)

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How Museum Education Supports the Classroom Experience

This case study of the Museum of African Diaspora’s education program, MoAD in the Classroom, analyzes how museum education programs can assist in a student’s traditional learning. The program received the Superintendent’s Award for Excellence in Museum Education in 2020. MoAD in the Classroom works with third graders at the museum and in schools educating students on the art and artists of African descent. The program also offers professional development for teachers and partners with the community.

By: Aida Lugo, Studio Education Instructor, American Museum of Ceramic Art; 2020 CAM Fellow 

Photo: MoAD in the Classroom Theory of Action

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Authentic and Informed Native American and Museum Partnerships

This case study will help those who wish to form partnerships with their local tribes, who currently represent native cultures in their exhibitions, or who seek to improve their relationships with these communities. This article outlines the challenges museums may face when reaching out to native groups, why these challenges exist, and some resources to help develop reciprocal relationships between museum and native peoples.

By: Sara Smallhouse, Board Member, Museum of Northern California Art; 2020 CAM Fellow

Photo: Chicago Field Museum, Sara Smallhouse

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Medium, Meaning, and Memory: A Community-Based Archive at the Heart of Local Artistic Identity

This case study of Self Help Graphics & Art (SHG) explores how an arts organization can help shape the cultural and artistic identities of a community. It will examine SHG’s history and current work as well as how it relates to another Los Angeles institution.

By: Jed Surio, Collections Assistant, Wende Museum of the Cold War; 2020 CAM Fellow

Photo credit: Self Help Graphics & Art

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