Community Curators

January-June 2023

How can museums create an environment where community members feel empowered to tell their own stories?

The items in the Science Museum of Minnesota’s collection originate from places all around the world. Through the Community Curators program, museum staff and community members collaborate to access and engage with objects in the collections in meaningful ways to foster a more community-driven practice of storytelling and interpretation.

Each month, community artists, educators, and organizers select and interpret items from museum collections alongside their own work. The items will be featured in a on-site display in the museum lobby for the duration of the month, and each curator will hold a conversation about the selected objects and their meaning to their cultural community. 

Previous months’ gallery talks are available for viewing below.

Rebekah Crisanta de Ybarra

Jamie Barton

Dej Txiaj Ntsim Yaj and Ger Xiong

Afton Delgado

Joe Vital

Mallory Glynn