Questions Teachers Must Ask Themselves: A Reflection on Dignity

I came to the Abbe Museum as a former social justice trained educator having worked with middle and high school social studies students. I worked hard to develop my pedagogy in the classroom, constantly forcing myself and my students to look beyond the pages of our resources and ask ourselves questions. Why is this important? … More Questions Teachers Must Ask Themselves: A Reflection on Dignity

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

A different kind of museum conference, part 1

On October 9-12, 2016, I was privileged to attend the annual International Conference of Indigenous Archives, Libraries, and Museums, hosted by the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums in Phoenix, Arizona. I participated in two days of workshops and an additional two days of conference sessions, learning so much about what is happening in … More A different kind of museum conference, part 1

MASS Action

In October, I had the incredible honor to join a dynamic group of 50+ museum professionals for MASS Action, Museums as Sites of Social Action. The Abbe’s decolonization initiative and relevant and timely programming found us on the radar of MASS Action’s organizers. Over the course of three days in Minneapolis, the group participated in an intensive, … More MASS Action

Pondering Edward Curtis

Abbe Museum Trustee Jamie Bissonette Lewey offered these remarks on May 6th at an event on the occasion of an exhibit, Contemporary Native Photographers and the Edward Curtis Legacy, at the Portland Museum of Art. The talk was co-produced by the Abbe Museum and discussed the ways Curtis’ images have perpetuated cultural genocide of Indigenous … More Pondering Edward Curtis