My first three days in DC have been intensely impacted by all the folks from SI, the Pearson Foundation, workshop teachers and also people I have the joy to randomly connect with in museums, cafes, gift shops, metro stations, elevators and restrooms ( hey, there's always a line for the women's restroom, right?) .
Mix that in with with being surrounded by one of the most densely packed 5 block collections of art and science museums on the planet; add a tightly wound, highly curious woman who tends to walk through an open door and test the door knob of a closed one. No, this is not a recipe for an explosive device, this is the journey of a museum educator who prefers labyrinths to career paths but wants concrete, sustainable results that touch people in a meaningful way.
What educational role should a museum play in a community? How do we collaborate with school systems without merely duplicating them? How do museums collaborate with each other? How can curatorial and education departments within museums team up in the process of building an exhibit together?
These are the kinds of questions we are exploring together during my two week stay and I invite you to join us as I follow a " new yellow brick road" . Here's a fun image about being transplanted into a new environment....