Revisiting MASS Action

In October 2018, I attended the third convening of MASS Action (Museum as Site for Social Action) and I welcomed the chance to spend three days with inclusive thinkers and practitioners in the museum field. I also eagerly accepted the opportunity to speak about the Abbe’s work alongside my colleague, Ben Garcia, with the San … More Revisiting MASS Action

Announcing MuseDI

The Abbe is thrilled to announce that it has secured funding to develop and launch, along with a team of consultants and advisors, the Museum Decolonization Institute (MuseDI). Through a grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services, we’ll work over the next years to produce a program with impact. We have written about MuseDI … More Announcing MuseDI

The Emotional Work of Decolonization

This post was authored by Margo Lukens, Abbe Trustee, who shares her perspectives as a board member and as a non-Native person committed to co-developing decolonizing museum practices. When I joined the Abbe Museum’s Board of Trustees, I understood I’d be supporting the institution in various ways: expanding the Museum’s network more widely, cultivating new members, … More The Emotional Work of Decolonization

Unplanned Hiatus

This blog has been quiet for awhile…my apologies. It has been a whirlwind 12 months at the Abbe Museum; most of the time has been very, very good and the fruits of our planning and implementation are becoming evident. But the next thing I knew, nearly a whole year had gone by! This post marks … More Unplanned Hiatus

The Plan for MuseDI

When funding is secured, there are a number of activities we have outlined that will kick-off MuseDI and will ensure its impact on museum professionals and the wider museum world. Convene Methodology & Practice Group (M&P Group) – The Abbe will contract a group of consultants, advisors, and an evaluator who will work closely with … More The Plan for MuseDI

Federal Funding Helps Make this Work Possible

  Today President Donald J. Trump unveiled his preliminary FY18 budget proposal and sadly there are no surprises in there when it comes to crucial funding for museums. The museum field has been working these scenarios for awhile, imagining the consequences of zeroed-out federal funding and takings steps to prevent it. For six years now, … More Federal Funding Helps Make this Work Possible