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April 21, 2017

Museology at Work – Work Study at the Burke Museum and Henry Art Gallery

The University of Washington is fortunate to have a few on-campus museums, which are incredible resources for our students. Not only do The Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture and the Henry Art Gallery offer free admission to all UW students, both museums offer a variety of work study positions, which give students paid opportunities to gain further…


April 14, 2017

Renae Youngs – Evaluating Organizations’ Impact on Communities (Alumni Spotlight)

Renae decided to pursue a Museology degree at UW because she saw the value in its interdisciplinary nature. When she joined the program in 2009, she was drawn to the program’s interdisciplinary nature and its focus on how museums serve their communities. “It was very explicit in being focused on museums as institutions that play…


April 11, 2017

Conversations with Margaret Middleton and Joe Heimlich

This Spring, Museology has hosted a series of informal conversations with visiting museum professionals. Our faculty invited some friends and colleagues to chat with our students about their current work, as well as their career paths. We’ve been delighted with the conversations we’ve had, as their unscripted responses and personal insights illuminate the paths that…


April 4, 2017

(Dis)Connected: A Student-Curated Exhibit at the Kirkland Arts Center

During the orientation day my first year of graduate school, I listened eagerly as each Museology instructor explained the exciting courses and opportunities our program had to offer. What stood out most was when Wilson O’Donnell explained the Emerging Curator Initiative (ECI), where Museology students develop exhibit concepts, and one student is selected to curate…


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…


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…



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