Museums are places of privilege. Of course they are. I’ve written before about how that isn’t inherently a bad thing – it just means we need to make changes to society in order to increase the access of people to this particular privilege. Museum workers making a living wage is critical. But what about our…Read More
Why Wages Matter: Do We Really Need to Explain This
This title feels like a throwback to the earliest days of Museum Drip when I came here to spit pure acrimony. I don’t feel the need to weigh in specifically on the ins and outs of the Philadelphia Museum of Art Union’s strike and success – it’s been covered extensively and if you follow me…Read More
Guest Post: What We Really, Really Want with Watered Grass
What an honor it is to be here featured on Museum Drip. As someone outside of the museum world, it feels a bit like sitting at the cool kids’ table. I’m not positive how I got here, I hope you like me, and please don’t ask me to name my favorite artist because they are…Read More
On Finding Hope in the “Youth”: How Are We Leaving It Better Than We Found It?
Content warning: the first paragraph contains references to traumatic events, both recent and from the past 20 or so years. I have elected not to name certain events and refer to them by date so if you need to look up what happened, please do so with care or perhaps ask a friend first. Please…Read More
Do I Actually Hate Conferences?: Making Professional Development Welcoming
A welcoming museum environment for visitors starts with a welcoming museum environment for museum employees. Employees who feel heard and valued and are not plagued by communication issues or extreme overwork are likely to be better equipped to have conversations about what makes museums friendly and inclusive for their visitors. One of the best ways…Read More
Who is in Favor of the Three-Month Exhibition?
I did an Instagram poll to gauge interest in the topic of interrogating why museum exhibitions are only three months long and it turns out that a lot of people have a lot of opinions. For the most part, museum people seem to be not in favor of the standard 8-12 week exhibition period, yet…Read More
A Nondescript Pile of Rocks: Why are “Museum People” Hoarders?
I just deleted my Facebook account. I mean don’t get me wrong, I’m not a righteous person doing this for the right reasons, we all know how much I love Instagram which is also owned by ~Meta. The bad started to outweigh the good on Facebook, and when I thought about what I’d be losing…Read More
What’s at Stake? Navigating the Lack of Diversity in the Museum Field (As a White Person)
I feel like I’m always writing that I don’t want to talk too much about myself, and then talking about myself at length. So – you should be used to it by now and have no complaints! <3 Or maybe, you’re not used to me because I haven’t written anything in a whole month! I…Read More
Be a Leslie Knope: Recognizing Accomplishments and Managing Burnout
I imagine this title will turn a lot of people off since we are living through a global pandemic, a labor revolution, witnessing the collapse of Western democracy, etc. etc. etc. Everyone has experienced loss, burnout, exhaustion and cynicism this year. However as the saying goes, although we are all in the same storm, we’re…Read More
Art is Fun and Serious
Wow, what a title. All I can hope is that one day I do this for money which comes along with having an editor which will add snappy, less literal titles to my writing. Anyway. Hi! I took a week off, which was really weird. It’s weird how fast we get used to things –…Read More