Engaging the Latinx and Indigenous Community: One Museum’s Journey

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Engaging the Latinx and Indigenous Community: One Museum’s Journey

Wednesday, October 28 | 7-8pm ET  
FREE for NAEA Members; $49 for non-members

Each Latinx and Indigenous community is unique and multilayered. Honoring that individuality is essential to successful and equitable collaborations. Join us as we examine the ongoing journey of a museum education department located in a predominantly Latinx city as they continuously aim to become more culturally responsive and supportive of their community through school partnerships, a land acknowledgement initiative, and the reopening of their Latin American Arte Popular gallery. Strategies for empowering student voices through culturally responsive museum and studio art experiences, new frameworks for teaching with Latin American Arte Popular, and perspectives learned from students and their family visits to the museum will be shared.

Noël Bella Merriam

Noël Bella Merriam, MFA Drawing and Painting, UTSA; NAEA Museum Commissioner for ED&I Commission; NAEA School for Art Leaders 2019; Smithsonian Latino Center Education Advisory Committee graduate; AT&T Director of Education, San Antonio Museum of Art

Noël Bella Merriam is the AT&T director of education at the San Antonio Museum of Art and provides leadership to her team for school, family, and docent programs. A member of the museum’s senior management team, she founded and chairs both their Task Force for Diversity, Equity, Access, and Inclusivity and the Land Acknowledgement Initiative. Merriam collaborates on digital interpretation with her team, and provides support for best practices in museum education and culturally responsive pedagogy. She is the 2020–2022 Museum Commissioner for NAEA’s ED&I Commission and a 2019 graduate of their School for Art Leaders. Also, she is a founding member of the Smithsonian Latino Center’s Education Advisory Committee. Merriam holds an MFA from the University of Texas at San Antonio in drawing and painting, an MBA in management from Our Lady of the Lake University, and a BFA in studio art from Southern Methodist University.

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