Best Practices: Engaging Community and Changing the Narrative

Christina Burke (Philbrook Museum of Art)

Colonial collecting institutions, like museums, are striving to address long-standing issues inherent in their relationships with Indigenous communities. From ensuring a welcoming environment for visitors to tackling entrenched collection access policies and individualist frameworks for curation, museum staff seek ways to be authentically engaged, and share power and authority with Indigenous communities. Creating new relationships and decentralizing the western narrative must involve every facet of museum practice, from reframing collection acquisitions, cataloging, and storage to collaborating on interpretation and presentation. Presenters will share examples of museum and community-directed projects illustrating how such opportunities can improve contemporary museum practices and discourse.

Part of 02-07 Folklore and the Transformation of Museum Collection Practices, Thursday, October 13, 10:30 am–12:30 pm