Working Outside Your Walls: Navigating Museum Learning & Community During a Pandemic

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Art Unbound
Working Outside Your Walls: Navigating Museum Learning & Community During a Pandemic

Portland Art Museum’s Director of Learning & Community Partnerships, Stephanie Parrish, is joined by her counterpart at the Denver Art Museum, Heather Nielsen, to discuss the ins and outs of museum learning and how they’ve had to shift all that they do in response to a world where in-person programming is on hold.

This episode is part of a series brought to you by FRAME, the French American Museum Exchange, of which both the Portland and Denver Art Museums are proud members. FRAME has a rich history of connecting museums in its network through exhibitions and education programs for over 20 years. FRAME provided grant funding for a series of podcast episodes and we are thrilled to be able to tell these stories with FRAME’s assistance. 

Featured in this Episode:

Stephanie Parrish – Director of Learning & Community Partnerships, Portland Art Museum
Heather Nielsen – Chief Learning and Engagement Officer, Denver Art Museum

Mentioned in this episode:

Natural Forces: Winslow Homer and Frederic Remington
Portland Art Museum’s Poster Project
Create More, Fear Less
Journal On!
Create More Resilience
Denver Art Museum: Mindful Looking
George Floyd
Ahmaud Aubrey
Breonna Taylor
The Equity Project
Norman Rockwell: Imagining Freedom
Brenton Weyi
Dreams of the Future: Community Conversation with Brenton Weyi
Hank Willis Thomas: All Things Being Equal…
The Numberz FM
Ella Ray
Denver Art Museum’s Creativity Resource

Produced by Jon Richardson
Music by Mark Orton

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A transcript of this episode can be found at

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