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For the past few years, I’ve traveled to New York City every spring to do a guest lecture for a class of graduate students who are part of the Fashion Institute of Technology’s (FIT) Exhibition and Experience Design program. For obvious reasons, I couldn’t go in person this year, but luckily we were still able...
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I wrote this blog post two weeks ago before coronavirus had changed our world so drastically.  Museums Advocacy is more essential now than ever.  Please consider how you can be an effective museum advocate, and see AAM’s resources here: https://www.aam-us.org/2020/03/19/urge-congress-to-support-museum-community-economic-relief/   “What are you doing here?”  This was the question that greeted me from a...
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In mid-February, I made a note to myself – a yellow post-it stuck to the bottom of my computer monitor – to write a blog post about vulnerability as it applies to our professional lives in the world of museums.  Vulnerability is something I strive for in my personal life because I know it can...
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The last week has been a wild ride for many of us in the United States and abroad.  A wrench was thrown into my normal (although never regular) schedule of museum visits, research design, and conference attendance.  All of a sudden, I became a substitute classroom teacher to a first grader, all the while practicing...
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With the new year in swing, I have jumped into professional development mode.  I was gifted a subscription to MasterClass and have been watching lessons on business leadership and strategy by Bob Iger, the CEO of Disney.  His advice and experience immediately resonated with me.  He relishes the solitude of morning hours to prepare for...
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A few weeks ago, I attended one of six in-person regional workshops offered by IMLS for potential grantees to learn about the grant programs for museums. This year the applications for all six grant programs are due on the same day, November 15. As an evaluation firm, RK&A does not apply for grants, but we...
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I’ve had the pleasure of reading my colleagues’ RK&A at 30 reflections over the past few months before sitting down to write my own.  Even still, it’s been tough to distill my feelings about my own personal growth into words.  As Stephanie said, recognizing learning is hard because it is often non-linear and happens slowly...
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I’ve enjoyed reading my colleagues’ previous posts on their personal journeys of growth at RK&A—Stephanie’s realization that learning is circular, Emily’s thoughts about the messiness of project communication, Erin’s growth in questioning and active listening, and Amanda’s musings on balancing the needs of systematic evaluation with visitor experience. It is invigorating and inspiring to hear...
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This blog post holds a lot of meaning for me. Not only am I thinking about the 30th anniversary of RK&A and all of our accomplishments, I’m also reflecting on my time here as I prepare to move on to another institution (I’ll be working at the Detroit Institute of Arts!)  In other words, I’m...
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Last month I announced that 2019 marks RK&A’s 30-year anniversary, and I described the ways we have continually learned during that span of time.  I pointed out, that for me, the greatest learning happens from doing our work and promised that we would share some examples over the next 12 months.  I sat down to...
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