What is a Museum? An Exploration in Six Parts
Tuesday December 15, 2020
12pm EST

Presentation Reference Guide

ICOM-US Members can view the recording here. 

Museums are committed to be recognized as meaningful meeting places, open and diverse platforms for learning, exchange and progress. What should be the role of museums in a time of social scrutiny and transformation? What actions can be taken to provide a wide and inclusive experience to share knowledge and promote understanding in a safe environment for all?

Andrés Roldan, Parqué Explora Science Center, Colombia
Linda Norris, Senior Specialist, Methodology and Practice, International Coalition of Sites of Conscience
Ihor Poshyvailo, Maidan Museum, Vice Chair of DRMC, Ukraine

Rick WestPresident and CEO, Autry Museum of the American West, ICOM-US Board Member 
Diana Pardue, Director, Museum Services Division - Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island, ICOM-US Board Member 


Andrés Roldan
As Director of Parque Explora, Colombia’s largest science museum, aquarium and planetarium, Andrés Roldán works with his team the creation of compelling and innovative learning environments and museums for science and cultural engagement. He also pursues to dilute the museum’s walls and take it to different territories and communities, educational strategies, community processes, and itinerant experiences that connect people through learning experiences.

Andrés has a vast experience in the conceptualization, design and construction of exhibitions, as well as in the development of educational strategies. He also stands out for cultural planning, alliance builder, fund-raising, and management of interdisciplinary teams.

As an active participant in Medellin’s transformation, Roldán’s work is based on the paradigm of socially committed museums. He believes the union between education, culture, urban planning and architecture is vital for fostering sustainable community development and social justice.

Linda Norris
Linda Norris is Senior Specialist, Methodology and Practice at the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience (ICSC) In this role she facilitates connections and builds the capacity of members and other organizations in the work of using the past to create a more just future. ICSC is s the only global network of historic sites, museums and memory initiatives that connects past struggles to today’s movements for human rights. 

At the Coalition, she has spearheaded innovative projects such as the re-interpretation of Maison des Esclaves, Africa’s first World Heritage Site; a digital map of sites of human rights abuses in the Middle East and North African regions; and workshops on the re-imagining of the place of Native American women in the New York State landscape.

As the co-author of Creativity in Museum Practice, Linda is an international thought leader in facilitating conversation and action surrounding the ways creativity can transform museums, shape more compelling narratives and create deeper, more inclusive community connections. She has also written for publications such as Museum, Exhibitionist and History News.

Linda holds an M.A. in History Museum Studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program and an AB from Cornell University. She was a U.S. Fulbright Scholar to Ukraine in 2009 and continues her involvement with the Ukrainian cultural sector.  She has facilitated workshops for museum colleagues throughout the United States, as well as in Canada, Ukraine, Romania, Albania and the Baltics.

She represents Sites of Conscience in international museum and heritage contexts. In 2019, she presented sessions at ICOM Kyoto, and at conferences in locations such as Estonia, Ukraine, Sierra Leone and Turkey. She has been featured on the Museopunks podcast, “A new definition of museum?” as well as Dan Snow’s History Hit podcast.

Ihor Poshyvailo
Ihor Poshyvailo is a general director of the National Memorial to the Heavenly Hundred Heroes and Revolution of Dignity Museum (Maidan Museum) in Kyiv, Ukraine. He is a Vice-Chair of the ICOM DRMC Committee, member of ICOM ICMEMO. Ihor is ex-chairman of the Museum Council at the Ukrainian Ministry of Culture. He holds PhD in History, was a Fulbright Scholar at the Smithsonian Institution; an international fellow at the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the Kennedy Center; a participant of the First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis training courses in the Netherlands, US and Italy. He is author of the award-winning book Phenomenology of Pottery, as well as numerous articles on the arts and culture, cultural heritage preservation, interpretation in museums, cultural emergency management, presentation of conflicted history in museums.

He is co-moderator and co-organizer of the museum management and disaster risk management workshops in Ukraine provided by the Fund for Arts and Culture in Central and Eastern Europe, the US Embassy in Ukraine, Smithsonian Institution, Prince Claus Fund and ICCROM.