By Paula Santos
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Join Paula Santos, a podcast addict and lover of everything arts and culture, in conversation with other museum and cultural workers, educators, artists, activists, and leaders about how we work with our communities and the public at large. She is particularly interested in how the work we do is informed by larger questions of race and inequity in society.
||CleanLive from MESC's Annual Insitute with Elena Muslar||Live episode recording from Museum Educator of Southern California's 2018 Annual Institute at the Skirball Cultural Center. My guest was Elena Muslar, Assistant Director, Entertainment and Fine Arts Professions at Loyola Marymount University. Elena...||8/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Cost of Making It with PJ Gubatina Policarpio||PJ Gubatina Policarpio gets real with me on the nitty gritty of what it takes financially and emotionally to pursue a career in museums if you come from a low-income background. He discusses why building community is integral to his work, how...||6/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAligning Your Work and Practice with Stephanie Cunningham||On this month’s episode, Stephanie Cunningham shares her efforts to create alignment in her work after ten years of experience in the field. As a speaker, consultant, and educator, Stephanie has been a leading voice on race and equity in museums....||4/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRadical Imagination with Adjoa Jones de Almeida||What is necessary for museums to radically imagine what is possible, not only what has been done? Adjoa Jones de Almeida, Director of Education at the Brooklyn Museum, shares how she decided to "step up" during a moment of transition for the museum....||2/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLooking Back to Look Forward with Paulina Lopez||This month’s episode of Cultura Conscious is all about transitions and finding your purpose. Paulina Lopez, adult educator and teaching artist at the Art Institute of Chicago, joins me to discuss the events of 2017 and how they affected our...||1/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAdvising First Generation College Students with Dr. Jody Dublin||Dr. Jody Dublin joins me this month to discuss how individuals and institutions can better understand and support first generation college students. We discuss the ways in which policy and institutional decisions are driven by the theory of college...||11/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBuilding Community with Young People with Vanessa Sanchez||My guest this week thinks of her work as building the community of the future. Vanessa Sanchez is the Director of Yollocalli Arts Reach, the youth initiative of the National Museum of Mexican Art, as well as a practicing artist, music festival planner..||10/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanResponsive and Caring Leadership with Veronica Alvarez||My guest this week does it all! Museum educator, academic researcher and museum boss lady. Veronica Alvarez, Director of School and Educator Programs at LACMA, discusses how her career has been shaped by her experiences as an immigrant, as a student...||9/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCommunity Organizing in Museums with Oliver Merino||What can museums learn from the work of community organizers? Oliver Merino discusses his work with the Latino community at Levine Museum of the New South, a history museum in Charlotte, NC. He shares with me what he thinks is the importance of...||8/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAnti-Racist Museum Education Pedagogy with Alyssa Machida||On this episode of Cultura Conscious, Alyssa Machida discusses her motivation and inspiration for The Dreamspace Project, workbook and toolkit for educators who are ready to move beyond demanding social justice and are ready to take critical...||7/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWelcoming DACA Students as Museum Workers with Marimar Gutierrez||On this episode, Marimar Gutierrez speaks to me about her experience as a DACA student and museum worker. We discuss the ways museums can be welcoming to young people like her, what the atmosphere has been like in the museum galleries since the 2016...||6/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEquity and Power in Museums with Keonna Hendrick||Keonna Hendrick joins me for my first ever episode! Our frank, informal conversation was recorded during the American Alliance of Museums 2017 annual conference. We talk about white supremacy, what to do about racism and inclusion at a personal...||5/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
I love this podcast!
This podcast is such a great resource and source of inspiration for museum educators. Listening to these conversations gives me motivation and sustenance on my way to and from work!
Finally, the needed conversations around museums
A great chance to hear about how museums are evolving to be more responsive, relevant, and inclusive!
Creative resistance praxis por vida
This podcast is a glowing, golden orb of knowledge and light. It will give you all the thoughts and feels. Paula, the creator and ultra skilled interviewer asks museum workers complex questions about their practice. She dives deep into their motivations, skills, feelings and thoughts about work and life.
It's no surprise that most of the interviewees are women of color-they are doing work that is difficult, beautiful and necessary. Paula gets the interviewees to talk about their work with such humility and heart while simultaneously proclaiming their knowledge and power.
Even though these conversations are about museum work, they are relevant to anyone doing justice work in any field or discipline. Extra shout out to Paula for including Latinx Chicagoans in these conversations. My recommendation is that you listen to this podcast if you want to know what our future should look like and how we can get there.