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Perspectives Identity

Oct 13, 2021

In this series of conversations recorded for the People: A Global Dialogue in Museums and Their Publics symposium organized by The Met, hear from an international array of scholars, artists, writers, performers, and activists as they share their ideas about how museums engage with people locally and globally.

Rather than preset descriptions, we asked a set of open questions to frame each program session. In Community Partnership, we consider from the perspective of communities, what are innovative methods and challenges of museums–community partnerships and collaborations. What is the role of ethics in this work? And finally, how do museums serve as public resources or platforms that center the needs of communities rather than the needs of institutions?

Ann Meisinger, Assistant Educator, Public Programs and Creative Practice, The Met

Sydney Munn, Teen Intern, The Met

Joshua Bell, Curator of Globalization, Recovering Voices Program, and Acting Director of the National Anthropological Archives, National Museum of Natural History
Louise Hunter, Lead, Indigenous Services, Public Libraries and Engagement, State Library of Queensland
Samir Meghelli, Senior Curator, Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
Salma Jreige and Sarah Fortmann-Hijazi, Project Coordinators, Multaka: Museum as Meeting Point
Moderated by Kemi Ilesanmi, Executive Director, The Laundromat Project

Recorded on May 20, 2021

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