Queridos amigos de TMA,
Over the past few years, several TMA galleries have served multiple functions: as spaces to highlight objects in our museum’s collection, present the work of emerging artists, engage diverse audiences, and investigate new, more inclusive models of curation and interpretation.
The later has been an important focus of TMA’s Director of Community Engagement and Inclusion, Dr. Marianna Pegno, in collaboration with other TMA curators and thought leaders in the study of evolving museum curatorial practice.
In 2019, TMA received funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to expand strategies for community engagement practices through an initiative entitled Expansión de narrativas. This generous, multi-year funding allowed for exploring, testing, and scaling various approaches to community engagement.
Those involved asked themselves questions such as what stories are typically told in our exhibitions and from whose perspective, whose histories have been privileged, and how can museums reflect and integrate local communities within the museum – in exhibitions and collections.
A four-year investigation has resulted in a community-based curation toolkit, which will be available soon. This 100-page guide includes strategies, approaches, and lessons learned, while recognizing the critical importance of shifting internal ways of working and sharing curatorial and collection acquisition decisions with multiple stakeholders.
Today at TMA you can experience a multiplicity of voices in our galleries: artists, curators, community members, and visitors, who can add their voices via QR codes found throughout the museum. We encourage YOU to become part of the conversation, so we can continue to expand the narratives told throughout our museum.
TMA may be 100 years old this year, but we’re still questioning our practices and willing to make changes in order to remain relevant – and forever young!
Jon y Linda Ender Director y CEO
La misión de TMA es conectar el arte con la vida a través de experiencias significativas y atractivas que inspiren el descubrimiento, despierten la creatividad y promuevan la conexión cultural.