Director of Learning & Community Partnerships at Portland Art Museum, United States
Changemaker, museum thinker, and cultural activist living in Portland, Oregon, USA. Mike currently serves as the Director of Learning & Community Partnerships for the Portland Art Museum, and is the founding editor of ArtMuseumTeaching.com.
He earned his MA and PhD in Education from American University in Washington, DC, focusing his research on educational theory and interdisciplinary learning. He has served as a contributor to the Museums as Sites of Social Action (MASS Action) initiative supporting equity and inclusion in museums and now serves as a project advisor for the OF/BY/FOR ALL global movement helping cultural organizations grow more deeply connected to their communities.
Mike recently joined the Editorial Board for smARTplaces EU developing their Cultural Manifesto about digital activities in the cultural sector, and will be part of the upcoming Empathy Lab think tank at the Center for the Study of Empathy and the Visual Arts at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. He is also a co-creator with LaTanya Autry of the #MuseumsAreNotNeutral t-shirt and social media campaign aimed at erasing the myth of museum neutrality and demanding institutions act as agents of change. Since being launched in 2017, this global campaign has reached more than 3 million individuals and countless conferences, symposia, and college classrooms in a growing conversation about transforming museums to serve as agents of positive change in their own communities.
Join Mike at Communicating the Arts Montreal 8-10 Oct. to listen to his talk: “‘To Be Changed By Community’: The Power of Listening & Building Community-Centered Practices”