The Museum as a Revolutionary Icon

Category: Lecture

Length: 42:06
Video Date 06/01/2022
Film Description Museums have the power to respond to the present moment, exploring the contours of our humanity and revolutionizing our perspective on the world. From their earliest incarnations, museums have used their collections to bring resonance and context to the global community and our natural environment. Legendary educator and museum director John Cotton Dana once stated: "Find what aid the community needs and fit the museum to those needs”. Join us for a conversation about innovative activism that radically reimagines museums as socially responsive organizations who expand community care, uplift social justice, heighten curiosity, and speak to our shared future.

Monica O. Montgomery believes museums must be in service to society! She is the newly minted Director of Community Engagement and Programs for Historic Germantown in Northwest Philadelphia, and previously served as Curator of Social Justice and Programming for the FUTURES exhibit celebrating the Smithsonian’s 175th Anniversary. She has curated exhibits with renowned organizations like the South African Embassy, Brooklyn Museum, Portland Art Museum, and the T. Thomas Fortune Cultural Center, and has worked as a consultant for museums and other institutions on DEI and community engagement. Additionally, Monica has taught graduate courses around museums, community engagement and social justice at American University, Georgetown University, Johns Hopkins University, Harvard University, Pratt Institute and NYU. She holds a B.A. in Broadcast Communication from Temple University and an M.A. in Corporate Communication from LaSalle University.
Video Category Lecture