Here we are at the end of the first year of the Abbe’s new strategic plan and while regular blog posting isn’t my strength yet (!), we have certainly hit many milestones and accomplished even more tasks. And like a one year old, we’re still learning how to walk with this new purpose and how to speak about it so we can be heard.
This first year roll out was about staff re-alignment and planning, double checking feasibility and forecasting budgets to meet the call of the plan. And, we managed to finish some major projects. Of great note is the opening of People of the First Light, which has transformed our exhibition space and how we work with our audiences.
Throughout goals A through F you will see progress marked in italics with the lead in of UPDATE. I hope you take the time to see where we’re headed and where we’ve been. As always, all of this is possible because of the generosity of donors and the participation of stakeholders from across the state, the U.S., and most importantly, Indian country.
Year two has much laid out for us. I’m looking forward to digging in AND writing more for this blog! We know that developing a community of practice to support decolonizing museum work is essential and I hope this blog can serve as a resource.
Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko is the President and CEO of the Abbe Museum. Working in museums for more than twenty years, she believes they have the power to change lives, inspire movements, and challenge authority. A museum director since 2001, Cinnamon is a frequent presenter at national museum meetings and is often asked to comment on national museum issues. She has been the driving force behind the Abbe Museum’s decolonization initiative, working with the Native communities in Maine to develop policies and protocols to ensure collaboration and cooperation with Wabanaki people. In 2016 Cinnamon gave her first TEDx talk, We Must Decolonize Our Museums. She’s the author of Museum Administration 2.0 (2016), The Art of Healing: The Wishard Art Collection (2004), and co-editor of the Small Museum Toolkit (2012).