Category Archives: Articles and Books

Giving Context to Words


Earlier this month, the United States commemorated the Fourth of July, a holiday marked by traditions such as fireworks, cookouts, parades, and NPR broadcasting a reading of the Declaration of Independence. This year, NPR added something new to the mix: … Continue reading

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I Just Have a Lot of Feelings


It was less than a week ago that I posted about #MuseumWorkersSpeak. I had recently read all the group’s Tweetchats on Storify, and in my blog post, I wrote, “Though I was briefly involved in the local in-real-life group, it … Continue reading

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Seven Recent Reads: #MuseumWorkersSpeak and Pride


As a disclaimer, I love visiting museums all year long, and the palpable love and support at the Capital Pride parade make me suspect that it is the DC area’s most favorite celebration of the year. That said, advocacy work … Continue reading

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Naming and Renaming


When I was in kindergarten and first grade, I attended an elementary school with an alcoholic beverage in its name. A few years later, a student group successfully pushed for a name change that would instead invoke nature’s bounty in … Continue reading

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Rock the Vote, Mock the Boat


One of the roles of museums and other informal learning venues is to get people excited about their content. Among the many ways that museums try to engage audiences in the age of social media, sites with living collections have … Continue reading

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Two Visits to MICA


A friend and I visited art exhibits at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) twice in 2016, each time in a different building. On the first occasion, we did not research in advance what exhibits would be on display, beyond … Continue reading

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Stations of the Cross D.C. 2017


As I visited the Stations of the Cross D.C. 2017 exhibit, I kept returning to the question, “Who is this for?” Initially, this question was mostly logistical, as I tried to visit not just museums and outdoor installations, but also … Continue reading

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