“Museum educators possess a love of learning and a commitment to nurture and develop an informed and humane citizenry.”
-Museum Education Principles and Standards, American Association of Museums Committee on Education
About this Blog:
This blog (previously known as “Weekly Museum Visits” and “Informed Humane”) began as a place to record my adventures in visiting a new museum every week between finishing graduate school and finding 40-hour employment. As I have navigated temporary and part-time positions, I have had three rounds of Weekly Museum Visits. I have now trained and am working in a different field altogether, and museums are a hobby.
This blog focuses on museum education/interpretation (“informed”), the social good that museums do (“humane”), and the visitor experience (“citizenry”). Ultimately, I care about what museums and similar sites can do, both in terms of public offerings and internal practices, to make the world a better place.
I write about informal learning sites in order to share my museum-related ideas and experiences with museum professionals and hobbyists and any other interested readers. While this blog is grounded in the museum world of DC, Maryland, and Virginia, it is not limited to this region.
I live in Washington, DC. I have worked at and with museums, I’ve volunteered and interned at museums, I studied museum education in graduate school, and I frequently read about and visit museums.
Note about Photographs:
All photography in this blog is by me unless otherwise noted. Some photos are by family members or friends, and I try to give the photographers credit when possible. My apologies for the cases in which I do not remember which friend or family member was holding the camera (please let me know if you remember taking one of the pictures here)! Aside from sharing social media content like embedded tweets, I do not use photos from museum websites or elsewhere on the Internet in this blog. Thank you Trystan Popish for the previous avatar photo of me at the Smithsonian’s Moongate Garden.