About this Site

ArtMuseumTeaching.com is a digital community and collaborative online forum for reflecting on critical issues in the field of museums, including issues of teaching, learning, community engagement, equity & inclusion, social justice, and reflective practice. Launched in 2011, ArtMuseumTeaching aims to connect museum professionals, leading thinkers, communities, educators, ideas, and resources around a dialogue about what we do in our practice. For those who visit this site, I invite you to post your comments and reflections — and if you have content you would like to submit from your own practice or perspective, please email me directly at murawski27@gmail.com (I’m constantly searching for guest writers and collaborators).

About the Editor

IMG_7095-1-smallMIKE MURAWSKI: Independent consultant, change leader, author, and nature lover living in Portland, Oregon. I am passionate about transforming museums and non-profits to become more equitable and community-centered. After more than 20 years of work in education and museums, I bring my personal core values of deep listening, collective care, and healing practice into the work that I lead within organizations and communities.

I have served as Founding Editor of ArtMuseumTeaching.com since it launched in 2011. I am also currently co-producer, along with La Tanya S. Autry, of #MuseumsAreNotNeutral, a global advocacy campaign aimed at exposing the myth of museum neutrality and calling for equity-based transformation across museums. I am currently finishing my first book entitled Museums As Agents of Change. I’m grateful to have served as a contributor to the Museums as Sites of Social Action (MASS Action) initiative supporting equity and inclusion in museums; and as First Wave Project Advisor for the OF/BY/FOR ALL initiative helping civic and cultural organizations grow of, by, and for their communities.

In 2016, I co-founded Super Nature Adventures LLC, a creative design and education project based in the Pacific Northwest that partners with parks, businesses, and non-profits to design maps and interpretive resources aimed at expanding access and learning in the outdoors. When I’m not writing, drawing, or thinking about museums, you can find me out on long trail runs in the forests and mountains of the Pacific Northwest.

I have served as the Director of Learning & Community Partnerships for the Portland Art Museum, Director of School Services at the Saint Louis Art Museum, and Coordinator of Education and Public Programs at the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum at Washington University in St. Louis. I earned my MA and PhD in Education from American University in Washington, DC, focusing my research on educational theory and interdisciplinary learning in the arts.

I have spoken nationally and internationally on the social responsibilities of museums and how museums and cultural organizations can serve as agents of positive change within their own communities.  I have also been invited to lead participatory workshops, lectures, panels, and training sessions at various institutions, including the Aspen Art Museum, Barnes Foundation, Crocker Art Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, National Gallery of Art, Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and Phoenix Art Museum, among others.

If you are interested in working with me or inviting me to lead a workshop or presentation, please reach out to me directly at murawski27@gmail.com.  You can also follow me on Twitter and Instagram at @murawski27.

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