Attend GIFT @ Europeana 2019 in Lisbon

On Wednesday 27 November from 10:00 to 15:00 you can hear the latest news from the GIFT project and test out some of their engaging tools firsthand in the National Library of Portugal.

What is GIFT?

GIFT is a cross-disciplinary collaboration between museums, artists and researchers to develop designs that enhance visitor experiences. Working closely with museums and their public, GIFT has been creating tools that facilitate interactive experiences in the museum. By merging the digital and the physical, these hybrid museum experiences provide innovative ways for you to engage the public with your collections. Continue reading “Attend GIFT @ Europeana 2019 in Lisbon”

Frost Art Museum to Host Groundbreaking Exhibition “Art After Stonewall 1969 ─ 1989”

Featuring work by Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Martin Kreloff, Vito Acconci, Louise Bourgeois, Judy Chicago, and Nan Goldin, to name a few, this exhibition will explore art making during the LGBTQ civil rights movement and the pivotal two decades after the Stonewall Riots. Art After Stonewall 1969 ─ 1989 exhibition on view at the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum from September 14, 2019 – January 5, 2020. [Guitar Girl Magazine]

Student Engagement with Eric Segal

In this segment, Eric Segal, Director of Education and Curator of Academic Programs at the Harn Museum of Art, speaks about student engagement. Segal expands on how the museum becomes a part of many students’ experiences at the University of Florida through a required freshman year course (The Good Life), volunteering, internships, and by having professors curate exhibitions from the collection which reflect their unique perspective and discipline.

Research at the Academic Art Museum with Martina Droth

As the Deputy Director of Research, Exhibitions and Publications, and Curator of Sculpture at the Yale Center for British Art, Martina Droth oversees research, which informs all facets of the museum: public programs, education, academic outreach, visiting scholars, student positions, exhibitions and publications. She discusses how research is outward-facing at the Yale Center for British Art, providing the space for scholars of different disciplines to share their knowledge. Instead of providing definitive answers, Yale Center for British Art is a museum passionate about interdisciplinary exploration and inquiry.

Upcoming Hangout on July 9: Diversity, Accessibility, Inclusion, and Equity (DAIE)

There are so many considerations to make when trying to advance the practice of valuing diversity, accessibility, inclusion, and equity (DAIE), particularly when trying to create permanent institutional change.

Often, the most challenging step is the first one, and it can feel overwhelming and isolating—but it doesn’t have to. You can join a community of your peers who are actively working on this challenge for an informal conversation.


Tuesday, July 9, 3:00–4:00 p.m. ET (find your local time)

Click here to register for
“Creating Change Series: Beginning the Journey”

This hangout will provide you with examples of how this work is being approached in other organizations, the courage it takes to have these kinds of conversations, and the types of questions you can ask of yourself and your science center or museum.

Participants will:

  • Meet and connect with a community of active allies who support DAIE work in science centers and museums of all sizes.
  • Ask questions in a safe, supportive, non-judgmental space (this hangout will not be recorded).

Come listen in and—if you feel comfortable—share your own experiences as we together build a community of allies and a network of support.

Members of the ASTC Advocates for Diversity Community Core Member Team developed the Creating Change Series to serve as a platform where participants can ask questions, share thoughts and practices, or just listen. Stay tuned for future events in the series, and join the community for more information, news, resources, connections, and ongoing discussion.

Find out about ASTC’s own organizational journey in DAIE work.


Tuesday, July 9, 3:00–4:00 p.m. ET (find your local time)

Click here to register for
“Creating Change Series: Beginning the Journey”



This online event is designed for people with little experience and/or support in DAIE work, as well as those who are further along in the journey


There is no fee for participating in this hangout.


The Core Member Team of the ASTC Advocates for Diversity Community:

Aleisha Kropf, WonderLab Museum of Science, Health and Technology, Bloomington, Indiana
Anne Holland, Space Science Institute, Boulder, Colorado
Dee Perry, The Lawrence Hall of Science, Berkeley, California
Daniel Aguirre, Fleet Science Center, San Diego, California
Emily Lozen, Museum of Life and Science, Durham, North Carolina
Ivel Gontan, Fleet Science Center, San Diego, California
Jodie Engle, COSI, Columbus, Ohio
Joey Rodriguez, Center for Aquatic Sciences at Adventure Aquarium, Camden, New Jersey
Justin Tognarine, Carnegie Science Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Kalia Vue, Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minnesota
Lianna Kali, Exploratorium, San Francisco, California
Michelle Rodriguez, The Lawrence Hall of Science, Berkeley, California
Rike Moon, Science World British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia
Sandra Bonicci, Madison Children’s Museum, Madison, Wisconsin



Questions? Contact ASTC’s Korie Twiggs.
More information here

Interview with Maia Chao and Josephine Devanbu, the Founders of Look at Art. Get Paid. (LAAGP) Program at the Rhode Island School of Design

When they were students of RISD, Maia Chao and Josephine Devanbu were frustrated by the lack of diversity in art criticism and accessibility to resources and infrastructure for critical and meaningful art-making projects.  Their frustration inspired the project Look at Art. Get Paid. (LAAGP), where visitors are paid to offer their opinions of art at the RISD Museum. [Hyperallergic]