Mike Murawski is an independent consultant and author of the book Museums as Agents of Change: A Guide to Becoming a Changemaker (2021). He is passionate about transforming museums, cultural institutions & non-profits to become more equitable and community-centered. After more than 20 years of work in education and museums, Mike brings his personal core values of deep listening, collective care, and healing practice into the work that he leads within organizations and communities.
Mike is Co-Producer of Museums Are Not Neutral, a global advocacy campaign aimed at exposing the myth of museum neutrality and calling for equity-based transformation across museums. Since 2011, he has also served as Founding Editor of ArtMuseumTeaching, a collaborative online forum reflecting on critical issues in museums. In 2016, he co-founded Super Nature Adventures LLC, a place-based education and creative design agency that partners with parks, government agencies, schools, and non-profits to expand learning in the outdoors and public spaces. He earned his MA and PhD in Education from American University in Washington, DC.
When he’s not writing, drawing, or thinking about museums, you can find Mike on long trail runs in the forests and mountains of the Pacific Northwest.
Thursday June 3
Museums are not Neutral
This 2-hour participatory workshop will explore our own individual roles as changemakers and how we can effectively bring this mindset of change into our institutions. This workshop will include moments of reflective practice as well as small group breakout discussions, and participants will receive a downloadable workbook with exercises designed to support your practice as you work to make change happen.
During the workshop, you will:
- Examine your own internal barriers to change;
- Challenge assumptions about organizational structure and hierarchy; and
- Develop strategies we can enact to become changemakers and engage these practices as an institutional level.