Maria Paula Arias
Maria Paula Arias (she/her) is an early career researcher interested in how museums and galleries use social media. Particularly in the ways social media platforms and their audiences are valued and, therefore, what their relationships are with the brands of such cultural institutions., and the sociological approaches to museology and digital humanities . She’s a proponent for the use of creative methodologies and mixed-methods, as well as an advocate for the mindful and ethical use of digital media in museological research. Her Twitter handle is @ariasmariap.
Emma C. Cantrell
Emma has worked as an educator and administrator for arts nonprofits since 2010, including the Center for Art and Community Partnerships, Smith College Museum of Art, and the Henry Art Gallery. She is passionate about creating accessible museum experiences that empower the public as learners, makers, stewards, critics, and consumers of culture, as well as developing museum processes that are visitor-centered and research-informed. She holds degrees from the University of Washington (MA, Museology) and Massachusetts College of Art and Design (BFA, Community Education) and is grateful to have had an education guided by brilliant artists, activists, teachers, and researchers. As an MCN 2020 Scholar, she is studying museum educators’ self-efficacy beliefs during a field-wide shift to increased virtual education due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Emma’s research is inspired by her own experiences transitioning to teaching and learning online in her current role as School & Youth Programs Manager at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art.
Emily Crum is a passionate museum educator who strives to ensure museum spaces are innovative, accessible, and serving the public at large. Emily holds dual Master’s degrees in Arts Administration and Policy & Modern and Contemporary Art History from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree with Honors in The History of Art and Architecture with an emphasis in Museum Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her Master’s thesis, “The Integration of Digital Technology in American Art Museums for Learning and Interpretation,” argues that digital technology is a tool and platform that provides a point of access for non-museum goers and can foster the creation of relevant experiences with art in museums. This body of work is one of the only of its kind to strategically analyze the investment of modern digital tools for learning and interpretation in an informal learning environment. Emily has a wide array of experiences from holding positions in several museums, the government, and more. She is most passionate about exposing all audiences to art and culture through facilitating multi-sensory experiences with lasting impact.
Alexis Garretson (she/her) is a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and a current PhD student at the Tufts University and Jackson Laboratory collaborative genetics training program. Her research focuses on improving the stewardship of community science and museum data while improving methods to incorporate these data into ongoing investigations into climate change, human health, and global change. Alexis is a Research Associate with the Mohonk Preserve Daniel Smiley Research Center, where she supports the digitization, stewardship, and curation of their collections, which include more than 60,000 physical items and a research library. Alexis received her BS in Environmental and Conservation Biology and her MS in Evolutionary Biology from George Mason University, where her thesis work focused on documenting changes in the phenology of maple trees over the past 200 years using community monitoring data and museum collections. Outside of research work, she enjoys hiking and submitting and identifying observations on iNaturalist.
kYmberly Keeton, MLS, CA, is a native Texan, a nationally published writer, an art librarian & archivist, and genealogy curator. By day, the ALA Emerging Leader and Library Journal 2020 Mover & Shaker is the African American Community Archivist & Librarian at the Austin History Center, Austin Public Library. Independently, Keeton is the Chief Artistic Officer of NOVELLA MEDIA, a creative multimedia production company and the founder of ART | library deco. Currently, she is pursuing a PhD in Data Science at the University of North Texas.
Houghton Kinsman works as the Adult Education Coordinator at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, California. He holds a Master of Fine Art in Art from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and has previously served as assistant to the Curator of Education at the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami. His writings have appeared in Art Africa, Contemporary And, Dazed and Confused, Frieze, and Artthrob.
Dana Reijerkerk is the Knowledge Management & Digital Assets Librarian at Stony Brook University. She earned a BA in American Indian Studies and an MSI in Archives and Records Management from the University of Michigan. In her current role at Stony Brook University Libraries, she implements digital preservation practices and advises on long-term preservation and user experience design issues related to digital collections and open educational resources. She has years of experience working directly with federally and state-recognized Indigenous communities in the United States, helping further their cultural revitalization projects.
Paulina Reizi is a film archivist at Eye Filmmuseum in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. She is a recent graduate of the MA programme in Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image (P&P) at the University of Amsterdam. Paulina also holds an MSc in Information and Communication Technologies of Audio and Image and a BA in Journalism and Mass Communication from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She worked for over 10 years as a communications professional in organizations such as the European Space Agency, the United Nations, and the International Film Festival of Thessaloniki.
Julia Sager is an emerging arts and cultural professional and graduate of Michigan State University with both her BA in Art History and Visual Culture and her MA in Arts & Cultural Management with a focus on Museum Studies. She believes that art history is about people’s stories. In her current role as the Education Assistant at Lansing Art Gallery and Education Center, Julia finds joy in creating opportunities for the community to experience art through creative programming. Julia’s experiences, in her current and previous positions, sparked her curiosity regarding the use of technology in museums and the way in which it may be used to highlight the many interesting stories throughout history.
Lucia Taeubler is educator and curatorial fellow at SIRIUS Arts Centre, Cobh, County Cork. Previously, she worked as Assistant Curator Engagement and Digital at The Glucksman, University College Cork. She engages with a diverse audience at the art museum through education projects, exhibition mediation, and digital media as well as observing visitor experiences. During lockdown in Ireland from March–July 2020 she worked mostly on engagement projects online and in the virtual space. Lucia is a graduate in Art History at University of Vienna in 2012, and is currently studying an MSc of Digital Education at University of Edinburgh. She has been working in the field of museum education and digital storytelling since 2013, and as Head of Museum Education and Visitor Experience, at Kunstmeile Krems since 2015. She received a grant at Victoria & Albert Museum for Creating Innovative Learning Programmes in 2016. In 2018, and contributed to the ICOM CECA Austria publication “From the Inside Cultural Mediation in Austria–Definition, Tasks and Working Conditions in the Field.”