Mary McDonnell and the Lady Bam Podcast traveled to Washington DC last month to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, where we met with Maria Marable-Bunch, Associate Director of Museum Learning and Programs. Maria’s life-long work of bringing museums and educational outreach together has had a tremendous national impact through her programs at the National Archives, National Gallery of Art, Art Institute of Chicago and numerous other institutions that she’s worked with in her career. With her recent appointment at NMAI, Maria is working to update and change decades-old texts and perceptions about Native Americans through curriculum outreach, along with showcasing exhibits and artists whose work exemplifies the struggles Native Americans have and continue to experience, and the wisdom their culture has to share with us.
Maria’s impressive experience and perspective on outreach, education, and the role of museums in our culture is truly inspiring, and we’re thrilled to bring her conversation with Mary to our listeners.
Visit the National Museum of the American Indian online
More on the REDress project at NMAI