In 2012, I created and directed the Pop Up Museum for the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History.
The Pop Up Museum is a temporary exhibit created by the people who show up to participate. It works by choosing a theme and venue and then inviting people to bring an object on-topic to share. Participants write a label for their object and leave it on display. Popping up in unorthodox arts spaces, like libraries or laundromats, Pop Up Museums focus on bringing people together in conversation through stories, art, and objects.
When designing the Pop Up Museum from scratch, I learned how to wear many hats, and wear them well. I held Pop Up Museums throughout Santa Cruz County with diverse partners. I wrote a Pop Up Museum How-to Guide for anyone interested in hosting their own pop up. I wrote articles on best practices for pop up museums (see below). I developed the Pop Up Museum website. And I worked with public schools, universities, museums, non-profits, and businesses to develop the Pop Up Museum in various educational and community contexts. As a result, Pop Up Museums continue to pop up all over the globe.