“Museums Are Not Neutral”
Museums have the potential to be relevant, socially-engaged spaces in our communities, acting as agents of positive change. Yet, too often, they strive to remain “above” or disconnected from the political and social issues that affect our lives — embracing a myth of neutrality. This lunchtime discussion aims to create an open conversation about museums and social responsibility, exploring common questions about the role of museums in society today.
Mike Murawski: currently serves as the Director of Education & Public Programs at the Portland Art Museum. Mike earned his MA and PhD in Education from American University in Washington, DC, focusing his research on educational theory and interdisciplinary learning in the arts. Prior to his position at the Portland Art Museum, he served as Director of School Services at the Saint Louis Art Museum as well as head of education and public programs at the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum at Washington University in St. Louis.