Museology Master of Arts Program

March 21, 2017

Museology Students at Museum of Flight’s First Thursday

On March 2, Museology students facilitated hands-on activities at the Museum of Flight as part of the final project for the Seminar in Museum Education course. In the class, students explored learning theory, program development and implementation, and educational programming for various audiences such as families, teens, and early learners. Throughout the quarter, students researched,…


March 14, 2017

A Seat at the Table – Miranda Belarde-Lewis (Alumni Spotlight)

Miranda Belarde-Lewis has dedicated her career to telling the stories of Indigenous communities and helping Native artists communicate the layers of meaning in their work to the public. Her work designing exhibits, researching pieces, and working with artists has allowed her to strengthen the interpretative strategies of tribal museums, as well as build relationships between…


March 7, 2017

Rocking the boat: Exhibition methods of storytelling the experience of gender & sexuality in museums

Thesis by Sarah Elizabeth Olivo (2015) The goal of this qualitative exploratory research was to identify and describe emerging models for telling/sharing stories of female-identified and LGBTQ experience in museum exhibition. The research investigated interpretation methods of four different participants whose purpose was to tell historically marginalized experience. The projects were the GLBT History Museum,…


Audio elements: Understanding current uses of sound in museum exhibits

Thesis by Jeremy Beliveau (2015) Sound is increasingly used as an interpretive tool in a variety of museum exhibits, but currently accepted practices are not well understood by professionals across the field. This study surveyed eight exhibit design professionals across four museums in the Pacific Northwest, to describe the motivations and factors that influence their…


February 24, 2017

American Alliance of Museums Career Lab

On February 11, second-year Museology students had the opportunity to attend a career lab with Greg Stevens, the Assistant Director of Professional Development at the American Alliance of Museums–or, as Greg calls it, “the Mothership.” During this event, Greg worked with students students to build their “career toolkit” by learning best practices for cover letters,…


February 17, 2017

Dialogue – the antidote to Cacophony?

AUTHOR: Kris Morrissey, Museology Faculty. ‘Cacophony.’ An onomatopoeia for these times. Trying to pronounce it does sounds like what it defines- “a harsh, discordant mixture of sounds”, sort of like an attempt to dislodge something caught in my throat. Maybe that’s why the word keeps popping into my mind when I read newspaper headlines such…


January 21, 2017

Embracing Culturally Responsive Research & Evaluation Practice

AUTHOR: Angie Ong, Museology Faculty Diversity, equity, and cultural competency are hot topics within the museum field today. And without exception, these concepts need to be top-of-mind for those of us working within audience research and evaluation. Because we champion the voice of the visitor, researchers and evaluators must be open to the many voices,…


January 18, 2017

Things to do in Seattle this January

One of the things that makes Seattle such an appealing place to live and study is the variety of neighborhoods and community events. Although Seattle has grown significantly in the recent past, there are still many distinct neighborhoods with their own personality. From the student-filled University District to the culturally-rich International District and artsy Capitol…


January 6, 2017

Making Heritage Valuable – Chieko Phillips (Alumni Spotlight)

“How do you take something as complicated and multifaceted as a history of a people, a history of African Americans, and try and condense that down into exhibit narratives or public programs?,” Chieko Phillips asks me, with a curiosity and intensity that tells me she’s just as excited about pursuing this question as she ever…


December 27, 2016

Course Highlight – An Exhibit Opportunity

By Amy Gorton, class of 2017 When I applied to the Museology Graduate Program at the University of Washington, I knew there would be many opportunities to gain experience. After all, I was moving from Montana to Seattle, the increase in museums alone had me excited. What I couldn’t fathom, however, was how many doors…


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