» The work being done in arts, culture, and museums should be seen as being inseparable from the political realities of the world around us and of each institution's own local communities. It is incumbent on our cultural institutions-- their workers and leaders--to stand in support of equity, justice & compassion and take courageous actions to help address the massive challenges we face in today's world. «
Co-Producer, Museums Are Not Neutral
Founding Editor, ArtMuseumTeaching
Co-Founder, Super Nature Adventures LLC
Mike Murawski is an independent consultant, change leader, author, and illustrator living with his family in Portland, Oregon. He is passionate about transforming museums, cultural institutions, and non-profits to become more equitable and community-centered. After more than 20 years of work in education and museums, Mike brings his personal core values of deep listening, collective care, and healing practice into the work that he leads within organizations and communities.
He is currently the Co-Producer of Museums Are Not Neutral, a global advocacy campaign aimed at exposing the myth of museum neutrality and calling for equity-based transformation across museums. Since 2011, he has also served as Founding Editor of ArtMuseumTeaching, a collaborative online forum reflecting on critical issues in museums. In 2016, he co-founded Super Nature Adventures LLC, a creative design and education project based in the Pacific Northwest that partners with parks, government, businesses, and non-profits to design maps and interpretive resources aimed at expanding access and learning in nature, parks, and public spaces.
Mike has previously served as the Director of Learning & Community Partnerships for the Portland Art Museum, Director of School Services at the Saint Louis Art Museum, and Coordinator of Education and Public Programs at the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum at Washington University in St. Louis. Mike has also served as a contributor to the Museums as Sites of Social Action (MASS Action) initiative supporting equity and inclusion in museums; on the Editorial Board for smARTplaces EU developing their Cultural Manifesto about digital activities in the cultural sector; and as First Wave Project Advisor for the OF/BY/FOR ALL initiative helping civic and cultural organizations grow of, by, and for their communities. Mike earned his MA and PhD in Education from American University in Washington, DC., focusing his research on gender in curriculum development and interdisciplinary learning.