Thursday, April 1, 2021: Storytelling Through Technology

About the Presenters
(listed in presentation order according to the program)

You Feel Me? Shaping Stories and Making Meaning

Curator, author, educator, administrator, and public advocate for reimagining the role of art museums in society, Sandra Jackson-Dumont has served since January 2020 as Director and Chief Executive Officer of the new Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. She oversees all curatorial, educational, public, and operational affairs for the fast-developing institution, including realization of a 300,000-square-foot building, currently under construction in Los Angeles’s Exposition Park, integrated with a new 11-acre park.


Voices from the Women’s Movement: An Oral Stories Initiative
Presenter: Jennifer Gillett, Performing Artist and Educator, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
Jennifer Gillett is an educator and artist with a strong performance background. As an educator, she focuses on teaching through the arts, and is especially interested in causes rooted in humanitarian work, community storytelling, and social justice. Jennifer holds her M.A. in Educational Theatre from New York University. 

What I Learned from Zooming with Holocaust Survivors
Presenter: Mark Katrikh, Director, Museum Operations and Experience, Museum of Tolerance
Mark Katrikh has had the honor of working next to Holocaust Survivors for over 20 years. Since going into lockdown, he has helped prepare over 40 Holocaust Survivor testimonies. The stories that he shares come from candid conversation with survivors in preparing them to share testimony. 

Chinese in the Richmond: Zooming for Stories
Presenter: Palma You, Gallery Coordinator, Chinese Historical Society of America
Palma You and research volunteer, Steve Haines have collaborated to interview over 50 participants in an effort to build traveling interpretive exhibitions with content that fills a gap in knowledge for the Chinese Historical Society of America. 

Curatorial as Content: Translating Knowledge via Social Media
Presenter: Amanda Berman, Curatorial Assistant, Sculpture & Decorative Arts, J. Paul Getty Museum
Amanda Berman is a Curatorial Assistant at the Getty Museum. She produces content for Getty’s social channels, including Facebook Live broadcasts and an Instagram Reels series.

Spreading the Light: Using Social Media As A Digital Museum Space
Presenter: Corrie Siegel, Executive Director, Museum Of Neon Art
Corrie Siegel became Executive Director at MONA at the beginning of the pandemic. She had recently completed a Masters thesis on the importance of in-person experience in the digital age. She used her experience as an artist, educator, and curator to mobilize innovative online content with the MONA team.

A Virtual Jr. High School Educational Program Exploring Stories of Migration and Identity
Presenter: Danny Tsai, Director of Programs, Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation
Danny Tsai produced the digital content for the “Where We Are From” program, including the videos and virtual tours. He was also one of the lead teachers/facilitators leading the virtual learning activities and lessons throughout the week-long virtual field trip that served 300 seventh graders online.