MSMC June 2020 Newsletter


The UMD Museum Scholarship and Material Culture Newsletter

Welcome to the seventh edition of MuseNews, the official newsletter of the Museum Scholarship and Material Culture Graduate Certificate Program and the University of Maryland! We hope this newsletter finds you healthy and safe.

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Things to Read and Watch

With protests against police violence and racial inequity across the country, some museums are taking a stronger stance than ever before. Here are some things to read and watch that were suggested by MSMC students and staff: Museums and race resources from the AAM Conference workshop on Museums & Equity:
  • Museums & Race
    A movement to challenge and reimagine institutional policies and systems that perpetuate oppression in museums. Spark a conversation with the Museums & Race report card.
  • MASS Action Toolkit
    A compilation of theory, procedures, and best practices to create greater equity within the museum field as well as diagnostic tools to help organizations gauge their readiness for equity work.
  • Empathetic Museum
    Maturity Model and diagnostic tools for organizational change across five dimensions: civic vision, institutional body language, community resonance, timeliness and sustainability, and performance measures.
  • Museum Hue
    Resources and networking with a focus on community, culture, and careers for museum professionals of color. #MuseumHue
  • Museums Are Not Neutral
    Global advocacy campaign aimed at exposing the myth of museum neutrality and calling for equity-based transformation across museums. #MuseumsAreNotNeutral
  • Incluseum
    Advancing new ways of being a museum through critical dialogue, community building, and collaborative practice related to inclusion in museums.
  • AAM Facing Change Initiative
    Framework, training, and resources for museum boards to build diverse and inclusive cultures within their organizations that better reflect and serve their communities.
  • APAC Culture Lab Playbook
    A published workbook highlighting the Asian Pacific American Center’s Culture Lab manifesto that underpins their community work and development of the exhibitions and programs they develop across the country.

Opportunities & Events

Information Technology Specialist
Deadline: June 29

This position is located in the Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of African American History and Culture. The employee serves as the Collection Information System (CIS) administrator and the Museum's collection database expert by providing database operation, management, and support.
Smithsonian Fall Internships
Deadline: July 1
The following departments are looking for Fall Interns: Archives, Gardens, Museum of African Art, Museum of American History, Office of Advancement, and Smithsonian Associates. 
National Park Service Internships
Deadline: Various
NPS offers a selection of internships. Check them out now for the Fall.
Smithsonian Folklife Festival
We invite you to join our “Beyond the Mall” digital programming from June 24 through July 5. We will feature artisans and experts from the United Arab Emirates, Northeast Brazil, the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, and our own Smithsonian Conservation Commons. Many of these sessions will explore how communities draw upon their cultural practices to address and adapt to environmental challenges.
This series will also add to the important, ongoing national conversation about racism and intersectional discrimination. True to its purpose, the Festival will host artisans, artists, educators, and others to discuss the role culture can play in fostering empathy, deepening understanding, and creating a just, equitable world.
We encourage you to participate actively in the live comments section of each program.
Screening: Love is the Message, The Message is Death by Arthur Jafa
June 26-28
Watch artist Arthur Jafa’s powerful 7:25 minute video examination of Black life in America, which will be streamed continuously online for the first time.
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