About

“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:
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 (“informed”), the social good that museums do (“humane”), and the visitor experience (“citizenry”). Ultimately, I care about what museums 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 fellow 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.

About Me:
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 museums.

Me at the National Gallery of Art

Me at the National Gallery of Art

Other Hobbies:
Reading, writing, photography, volunteering, holidays, exploring new places, being inspired by the family pets.

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)! 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.

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15 Responses to About

  1. Carol says:

    I enjoyed your article on graffiti. I’m not sure how I feel about graffiti, but I lean in the direction of feeling that it is a form of art and expression and should be tolerated. I like the idea of museums somehow getting involved to provide a place for this type of expression.

    • disciullo says:

      I’ve never had particularly strong feelings about graffiti. I most definitely support the idea of everyone being able to express themselves, but I wouldn’t like it if it were my own property – or my own work of art – being defaced. I really like the Catlanta magnets that do leave their mark, but in a non-permanent way. Plus they are so cute.

      As people debate whether graffiti is art or a blight on society or both at once, it’s relevant for museums to take on the topic, and it’s responsible for museums to present multiple sides on this controversial issue.

  2. Hey– I tracked you down through your post on my blog (which I have now moved to WordPress as well, as it is sooo much easier and looks sooo much prettier! http://exposeyourmuseum.com/). Wanted to let you know your blog is great! Keep it up!

  3. Diana says:

    Would you ever consider doing a blog post about online museums? We can do so many other things online these days… go to school, make bank transfers, get driving directions, etc. Why not “visit” museums online? I’m curious about what the visitor would miss out on if they were to go to a museum online and also what they would gain from the experience.

    • disciullo says:

      That is definitely a hot topic right now! There are people whose whole job is to work on a museum’s online presence, and who know tons more about this than I do. I can do some research and write a post about this, perhaps from the perspective of an armchair online museum visitor. 🙂

      • Diana says:

        Awesome, please let me know when your post is done so that I can read it! Lately I’ve been really interested in finding free ways to learn from home. While I would love to take a class or visit a museum, it’s hard to stay out for extended periods when there’s a baby involved. That’s why I’ve been researching ways to get my “culture fix” from the comfort of my home computer 🙂

  4. Sarah L says:

    Hi Laura! I love your weekly museum visit idea. I should be doing the same thing with all my free time…

    • Laura DiSciullo says:

      Thanks! Having this structure, and the weekly field trip to look forward to, has often been the one bright spot of unemployment.

  5. Hey Laura, Consider adding a share feature (Twitter, FB, email, etc.) on your blog posts. Couldn’t find one.

  6. Great idea for a blog. I love museums and have been to many around the world. We’ll be in DC in two weeks and we always stop by the Sackler, which we love.

  7. I’m so glad you enjoyed my Communicate! blog. I am looking forward to reading more from you. It’s a shame that I don’t visit museums more often: thanks for visiting some of them for me!

  8. Thanks for the follow, I look forward to reading more about your weekly visits!

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