Update 1 May 2013: Added new names and removed numbering (this is not a ranking!)
Update 19 April 2013: Added 8 names from email & comments. Many more to come once I’ve gone through the tweets. I’ve received many comments and suggestions about other demographics which are all great people as well (many of whom I know personally). For now I’ll stick to this list which is enough work already, but feel free to email me about suggestions and recommendations if you’re looking for somebody to do a project or speak at a conference, etc!
Some tweets spark more than retweets and replies and some questions deserve more than 140-character answers. Over email a leader in a cultural institution asked me if I knew inspirational, forward-thinking young women working in or with museums and culture, a question I forwarded to Twitter. The response was overwhelming and inspiring.
— Jasper Visser (@jaspervisser) April 17, 2013
After frantically clicking through 100+ replies and e-meeting some of the most inspirational people I’ve met in years, I’ve decided to attempt to list some really great people and the work they’re doing. There is no order, no intention to be conclusive and definitely no good reason why you are not yet on the list, so please please please add your favourites (or yourself) to the comments.
Apart from being the response to the original question, maybe this list can serve to conference organisers around the world, organisations seeking extra hands or locations seeking projects as a source of inspiration. I’ve tried to give credits where possible for future reference.
List of inspirational young women innovating museums & culture (curated by you):
- Olga Crapels (Leiden, the Netherlands) is building a new platform for art and science in Leiden together with partners from culture, science, business and elsewhere. (thanks @photologix!)
- Briana Pobiner (United States) is the education and outreach specialist at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History and has a fascinating travel and research resume. (thanks @SaritaAmy and @DarrenMilligan!)
- Faye Nicole Ellis (London, UK) is a busy bee in the field of (digital) learning. Previously at the British Museum, now at Dulwich Prep London and on the BAFTA Youth Board. (thanks @sharnajackson!)
- Hannah Kemp-Welch (London, UK) keeps a wonderful blog/Tumblr about sound art, the way more blogs should be. Plus, she’s an intern at Tate (isn’t that the best school for new museum talent in the world? Thanks again, @sharnajackson).
- Leanne Griffin (London, UK) cycles through London and works as assistant digital marketing officer at Tate. (yes, thanks, @sharnajackson!)
- Too humble to recommend herself, Sharna Jackson (London, UK) did not only recommend many people, but as star of Tate Kids and museum & gaming expert should star here as well.
- Michelle Ball runs reminiscence programmes at the Beamish Museum to improve well-being among the elderly. (thanks @HeatherRose1102!)
- Emily Graslie (Missoula, MT) does not only keep the wonderful blog the Brain Scoop (with videos!) but seems to have a knack to inform and entertain huge audiences in a 21st century proof manner. (thanks @brianwolly!)
- Colleen Dilenschneider (Chicago/London) writes the incredible blog Know Your Own Bone. Nonprofit strategist, marketer and trend watcher/analyser in museums & cultural institutions. (thanks Lori!)
- Lori also recommended someone readers of this blog will know well and who definitely deserves a place here: Suse Cairns (Australia), museum geek and researcher.
- Lori Phillips (Indianapolis) works at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, is an enthusiastic Wikipedian and international advisor.
- Sarah Stierch (Oakland) is museumist, community organiser and open culture advocate. She’s Wikipedian in residence at the World Digital Library and US OpenGLAM Coordinator for the Open Knowledge Foundation. (thanks @alli_burnie and @DerangeDescribe!)
- Rebecca Goldman (Philadelphia) is media and digital services librarian at the Connelly Library and keeps the blog Derangement and Description. (thanks @alli_burnie!)
- Paula Bray (Sydney) is behind many of the great digital stuff happening at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney. Plus, she’s a great host and one of the smartest people I’ve met when it comes to understanding (digital) audiences.
- Adrianne Russell (USA) is a writer, museum wonk and consultant. Also Coordinator for Public Programs and Events at Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art. (Thanks Elizabeth!)
- Erika Kiessner (Canada) is senior exhibit developer at Aesthetec Studio. She has fresh ideas about creating exhibitions and experimenting. (Thanks Elizabeth!)
- Erin Blasco (Washington) is education specialist at the National Museum of American History. She uses social and new media to connect with the public and do outreach. (Thanks Elizabeth!)
- Jamie Glavic (Columbus) writes the diverse and very valuable blog Museum Minutes. She’s very busy in and around museums at a more strategic level and has a broad look at the future of museums and culture. (Thanks Elizabeth!)
- Shauna Edson (Washington) is an educator at the Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian, and – curiously – an unschooler (meaning: self made woman?). (Thanks Elizabeth!)
- Michelle DelCarlo (USA) is founder of The Pop-Up Museum, where she writes about participation and engagement in the arts.
- Beck Tench is Beck Tench and many other things besides. Currently Director for Innovation and Digital Engagement at the Museum of Life and Science. (Thanks Nina!)
- Stacey Marie Garcia (Santa Cruz) is director of community programs at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, which means she’s involved in many of the great projects described on the Museum 2.0 blog. Wow! (Thanks Nina!)
- Shelley Bernstein (Brooklyn) is well known for her fantastic work at the Brooklyn Museum, including classic participatory work such as Click, Go and many, many others.
- Nina Simon (Santa Cruz) is probably best known for her wonderful blog Museum 2.0 as well as her book The Participatory Museum. Currently she is reshaping the Santa Cruz MAH into an ambitious 21st century institution.
- Mia Ridge (Oxford) is a cultural heritage technologist, best known for her research on crowdsourcing, digitisation and gamification. Previously lead of web development at the Science Museum in London.
- Rebecca Bray manager of Interaction Design and Strategy at National Museum of National History at the Smithsonian. Sarah Banks is her colleague and the audience engagement specialist at the same institution. (thanks Briana Pobiner!)
- Dana Allen-Griel (Washington DC) works on digital technologies for education at the National Gallery of Art and holds and has held a number of interesting positions in the world of technology, engagement and museums. (Thanks @gretchjenn!)
- Stephanie Pau (New York) works on gallery interpretation and digital learning at the MoMA and collects exhibit labels. (Thanks Peter!)
- Shelley Mannion (London) ‘has transformed family programs at the British Museum through empowering kids and families to use digital tools to connect with art’. (Thanks Peter!)
- Rosanna Flouty has done the same thing with teens at the Guggenheim and ICA Boston. She now runs education at Art21. (Thanks Peter!)
- Willa Koerner (San Francisco) is ‘the genie behind SFMOMA‘s Twitter, Tumblr, and FB presences’ (Thanks Peter!)
- Erica Gangsei (San Francisco) has been cooking up collaborative games analog and digital in the art space and manages interpretive media at the SFMOMA. (Thank Peter!)
I’ll update the list as more recommendations come in (via the comments, Twitter or elsewhere). Please feel free to give feedback and add missing information or maybe even attempt to categorise/organise the list. And a big sorry if I missed you.
If you sent in a suggestion and I didn’t post it, it’s because I missed it. Please send your suggestion again!
Header photo by Stefano Corso on Flickr.
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