Small Steps, Big Impact Episode 21 – Teaching Museums can Foster Dialogue and Engagement around EDI
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Today, our guest is Juliette Bianco from the Weatherspoon Art Museum. Our discussion focuses on how teaching museums can foster dialogue and engagement around EDI.
Hosted by: Nodia Mena
Music, The Garifuna Collective, Weyu Larigi Weyu
Quote from the Episode
We don’t have exhibition openings anymore. We have an open house. And so changing your language makes a difference as well because you’re helping to give a sense of what’s really happening and going to an open house. It can be more inviting than going to it and opening, whatever that means.
About our Guest
Anne and Ben Cone Memorial Endowed Director, Weatherspoon Art Museum UNCG
Juliette joined the Weatherspoon staff in September 2020. As museum director, Juliette sets the strategic, collaborative, and academic leadership and vision for the museum as a core learning resource for UNCG and the community. Her scholarly interests focus on transformational leadership in higher education, and on university museums as hubs of innovative teaching and learning; creative partnerships; and the benefits of a diverse and inclusive museum community. Juliette’s work at the Weatherspoon focuses on how museum staff invites diverse stakeholders to reassess both the artworks in the collection and the ways in which they are shared, so that community dialogue can better promote access, collaboration, and transformation and inspire investment in our shared future. Juliette is a graduate of Dartmouth and holds a master’s degree from the University of Chicago and an EdD from Northeastern University. She received a 2019 New England Museum Association (NEMA) Excellence Award and is a member of the Board of the Association of Academic Museums and Galleries (AAMG) and a member of the City of Greensboro’s Cultural Affairs Commission.
Weatherspoon Art Museum
The Weatherspoon Art Museum at UNC Greensboro enriches the lives of diverse individuals and connects multiple communities, both on and off campus, by presenting, interpreting, and collecting modern and contemporary art. In recognizing its paramount role of public service, the Weatherspoon fosters an appreciation of the ability of art to positively impact lives.
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